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Key employment compensation pay rates

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The government updates most of the employment pay and compensation rates on an annual basis.

Here's a summary of the current key rates.

New rates have been proposed which will be applicable from 1 April 2018. These are shown in brackets.(New rates correct as at 2 March 2018 in accordance with the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2018, published on 6 February 2018.)

The Minimum Wage

The minimum rate for workers varies according to age.

  • standard adult rate for workers aged 21 to 24 it is £7.05 (£7.38) per hour
  • development rate for 18 to 20-year-olds it is £5.60 (£5.90) per hour
  • young workers rate for 16 to 17-year-olds it is £4.05 (£4.20) per hour

In addition:

  • the apprentice rate is £3.50 (£3.70) per hour
  • the accommodation offset £6.40 (£7.00) a day

Last updated 1 April 2017 in accordance with the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017 SI 2017/465.  

The National Living Wage

The National Living Wage for workers aged over 25 is £7.50 (£7.83*) per hour. (See the page)



Statutory Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay

The standard rates of statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay are £140.98 per week - or 90 per cent of the person's average weekly earnings if lower.

(Last updated 2 April 2017 in accordance with the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2017 SI 2017/260)


Statutory Sick Pay

The standard rate of statutory sick pay is £88.45 to £89.35 per week.

(Last updated 6 April 2017 in accordance with the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2017 SI 2017/260.)


Employment Claims Compensation Limit

Compensation levels and minimum awards for those pursuing employment related claims (for example, following dismissal) are:

  • rates for a week's pay - £489
  • the maximum compensatory award - £80,541

(Last updated on 1 April 2017 by virtue of The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2017 SI 2017/175)

Note: The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2018 SI 2018/194 has now been made. It will make effective the following increases from 6 April 2018:

  • Maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal: £83,682 (from £80,541);
  • Rates for a week’s pay (for calculating redundancy payments and unfair dismissal awards: £508 (from £489);
  • Minimum basic award for dismissals related to H&S/employee representative/ Trade Union/occupational pension trustee claims: £6,203 (from £5,970).

Be aware of the transition provisions: the new rates will only apply to those claims where the appropriate date arises after 6 April 2018 as set out in section 4 of the Order. For example, if compensation is sought relating to the termination of the employee’s contract, the appropriate date will be the date of the termination.



For further information on employment law issues, please contact Susan Mayall on 0161 684 6948, email or make an enquiry. 

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