POSTED: March 02 2021
Statutory Rate Changes for April 2021

Statutory Rate Changes for April 2021

Annual Statutory rate changes are coming into force from April this year. Please review carefully and ensure that you make any necessary changes to ensure you are adhering to these statutory minimum rates.  

National Minimum Wage – Rates apply with effect from 1 April 2021
Please remember that the National Living Wage now applies to those aged 23 and over. Previously this was for those aged 25 and over.

  • Workers aged 23 and over: From £8.72 an hour in 2020, increased to £8.91 an hour (National Living Wage)
  • Workers aged 21-22: From £8.20 per hour in 2020, increased to £8.36 an hour
  • Development rate for workers aged 18-20: From £6.45 an hour in 2020, increased to £6.56 an hour
  • Young workers rate for workers aged 16-17: From £4.55 an hour in 2020, increased £4.62 an hour
  • Apprentice rate: From £4.15 an hour in 2020, increased £4.30 an hour

Family Friendly Statutory Rates of Pay – Rates apply from 4 April 2021.

  • Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) – First six weeks – 90 per cent of employee’s average weekly earnings. Remaining weeks at £151.97 (was previously £151.20 in 2020) or 90% per cent of earnings if lower.
  • Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) – First six weeks – 90 per cent of employee’s average weekly earnings. Remaining weeks at £151.97 (was previously £151.20 in 2020) or 90% per cent of earnings if lower.
  • Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) – paid for two weeks. £151.97 (was previously £151.20 in 2020) or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.
  • Statutory Shared Parental Pay (ShPP) – £151.97 (was previously £151.20 in 2020) or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.
  • Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (SPBP) – £151.97 (was previously £151.20 in 2020) or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) – Rate applies from 5th April 2021

  • SSP rate will be £96.35 per week (was £95.85 in 2020)

The same weekly SSP rate applies to all employees. However, the amount you must actually pay an employee for each day they’re off work due to illness (the daily rate) depends on the number of ‘qualifying days’ they work each week.

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