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A reminder that from next month - APRIL 2021 the statutory minimum rates are changing... Don't get caught out...

National Minimum Wage

From 1 April 2021, the following minimum rates of pay will apply:

The National Living Wage, will be extended to 23 and 24 year olds for the first time:

  • ages 23+ - £8.91 (up 2.2%)

  • 21 to 22-year-olds - £8.36 (up 2%)

  • 18 to 20-year-olds - £6.56 (up 1.7%)

  • Under-18s - £4.62 (up 1.5%)

  • For apprentices - £4.30 (up 3.6%)

Compensation for unfair dismissal

Unfair dismissal claims are also increases.

  • The basic award is calculated in the same way as statutory redundancy pay and will therefore increase as described under weekly pay below.

  • The cap on the compensatory award for unfair dismissal claims will increase as of 6 April 2021 to £89,493.

Weekly pay

Some statuary entitlements such as redundancy pay are calculated on employee’s weekly pay. This weekly pay is capped for statuary calculations.


From 6 April 2021, the prescribed cap on weekly pay will increase to £544.


Statutory sick pay

Statutory sick pay from 4 April 2021 will increase to £96.35 per week.


Statutory family-related leave

Also from the 4 April 2021 statutory maternity pay, adoption pay, paternity pay and shared parental pay will increase to £151.97 per week. The Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (SPBP) which came into force from April 2020 as part of Jack's Law will also be paid at £151.97 per week.