By. law, employers must pay a minimum amount for the hours someone works.

For workers aged 23 or over, this is called the National Living Wage (NLW). For workers aged under 23 and for apprentices, this is the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Minimum wage levels are reviewed annually by the Government. The rates are increasing from April 2022 as follows:

Age Rates from 1 April 2022   Rates from 1 April 2021 
23 years and over (National Living Wage) £9.50 £8.91
21 years to 22 years £9.18 £8.36
18 years to 20 years £6.83 £6.56
Under 18 years £4.81 £4.62
Apprentices aged under 19, or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship £4.81 £4.30

Statutory payments

Most workers also entitled to certain statutory payments, such as statutory sick pay and maternity leave. These levels are also reviewed regularly by the government. Currently, minimum statutory payments as follows:

Statutory payment Weekly rates from April 2021 
Statutory sick pay* £96.35
Statutory Maternity Pay for the first 6 weeks of maternity leave 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings
Statutory Maternity Pay for remaining period of maternity leave £151.97 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
Statutory Paternity Pay £151.97 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
Statutory Shared Parental Pay £151.97 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay £151.97 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
Maternity Allowance £151.97 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
Statutory Adoption Pay for the first 6 weeks of maternity leave 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings
Statutory Adoption Pay for remaining period of maternity leave £151.97 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower

* Although the same weekly rate applies to all employees for SSP, the amount payable per day an employee is absent will depend on the number of ‘qualifying days’ they work each week.

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