Each April we see a rise in the statutory rates but never have we seen such an increase with some of the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates. National Living Wage has been given a 6.6% increase for age 23 and over and the 21 to 22 year olds have seen the largest percentage increase with nearly a 10% increase in the national minimum wage. Increases from 1st April are:  
Age 2022  
23 and over £9.50 
21 - 22 £9.18  
18 - 20 £6.83  
16 - 17 £4.81  
Apprentices £4.81  
Other Statutory payments have also increased: 
Statutory sick pay from £96.35 to £99.35 
Statutory family leave payments for maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental and parental bereavement leave increases from £151.97 a week to £156.66 a week. 
Statutory redundancy payments increase from £544 to £571 for each qualifying week 
Compensation awards limits have also seen an increase. The maximum compensation award for unfair dismissal, from 6th April 2022, is £93,878. The minimum award for unfair dismissal relating to Health and Safety, employee representation, Trade Union, or occupational pension trustee is £6,959. 
Two other changes you need to bear in mind are the increases to employer and employee National Insurance Contributions and the changes with right to work checks.  
For support with any of the changes, or any HR or employment challenges, get in touch at hello@dynamic-ps.co.uk 
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