National Minimum Wage Increase April 2017

Published on Friday 3 March 2017

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates are increasing with effect from 1st April 2017 as follows:


25 and over 21 and over 18 to 20 16 to 17 Apprentice under 19 or 19 or over in their 1st year
£7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50

National Minimum Wage Rates October 2016

Published on Monday 28 March 2016

The Low Pay Commission (LPC) has published its 2016 Spring Report on the National Minimum Wage and the Government as accepted the recommendations, as follows:

Adult rate (21-24)
to increase from £6.70 to £6.95 (3.7%)

Youth Development Rate (18-20)
to increase from £5.30 to £5.55 (4.7%)

16-17 Year Old Rate
to increase from £3.87 to £4.00 (3.4%)

Apprentice Rate
to increase from £3.30 to £3.40 (3%)

The government has also confirmed that it will be aligning the cycle of the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage from April 2017. This means that the recommendations will last 6 months rather than the usual 12. There will be further recommendations in the Autumn on the level of all minimum wage rates (including the National Living Wage) from April 2017.

April 2016 Payroll Update

Published on Monday 28 March 2016

Employment Allowance

The Employment Allowance is increasing from £2000 to £3000 a year. To claim the allowance, the appropriate deductions need to be taken from the amount of Class 1 secondary National Insurance contributions payable to HMRC.

Class 1 National Insurance Contributions (NICs) for Apprentices under 25

If you employ an apprentice who is under the age of 25, who is working towards an apprenticeship in the UK which follows a government approved framework or standard, you may be eligible for zero-rate Class 1 National Insurance Contributions.

To apply, you must hold either a written agreement between yourselves, the apprentice and the training provider; or evidence of government funding for the apprenticeship. Any written agreement must give the government recognised apprentice framework or standard, and start and end dates for the apprenticeship.

National Living Wage

On 1 April 2016 the National Living Wage will become law when all staff aged 25 and over will be entitled to receive £7.20 per hour. This should take place in the relevant pay period on or after 1st April.

For example, if an employer’s monthly payroll period begins on 10 April 2016, the National Living Wage rate will apply from that date, because this is the first pay reference period that begins on or after 1 April 2016. The National Minimum Wage rate will apply for the period of 1 April to 9 April 2016.

Zero Hour Contracts and Relief Workers

Published on Saturday 31 October 2015

The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills has published up to date guidance on zero hours contracts which includes what they are, how they affect employment rights and appropriate use and best practice.

This guidance provides further information on zero hours contracts and how they should be used. It explains what they are and includes information on:

• employment rights
• appropriate use
• inappropriate use
• alternatives
• best practice
• exclusivity clauses.

Please find below a link to see this guidance


31 October 2015