New Government Wage Changes: What You Need to Know

by | Apr 3, 2024 | News

With the government’s changes to the National Wage and Statutory Payments set to take effect on 1st and 7th April 2024, respectively, businesses need to prepare. These changes will considerably impact employers, and at Spire HR, we’re dedicated to making the transition as stress-free as possible.

From 1st April 2024, the government is increasing the National Wage:

  • For 21 years and over: £11.44 per hour
  • Age 18 – 20: £8.60 per hour
    • Under 18: £6.40 per hour
  • For Apprentices: £6.40 per hour if aged under 19 or aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

From 7th April 2024, the following Statutory increases apply:

  • Statutory Parental Pay (maternity/paternity/adoption etc) increases to £184.03 per week
  • Statutory Sick Pay increases to £116.75 per week

What does Spire HR have in store for its clients during this period? We’ll automatically update policy changes to reflect these statutory parental pay increases for our retained clients. If you aren’t a retained client, contact us for updated policies.

From reviewing your current pay structure, providing template letters for communicating changes to your employees, to answering any queries about the process or the changes themselves, we’re here to guide you every step of the way.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for advice today.


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