A Guide for both Employers and Employees

on National and Standard Rates for Employees, Employees’ Entitlements and Compensation Rights of Employees.

Information correct as at 6th April 2018

To see the actual Guide, which can be posted to you, please click here   Pocket Employment Guide (PDF, 365KB)

Compensation Limits

The maximum amounts which might be payable for dismissals from 6th April 2018


Statutory Redundancy Payment £15,240

Unfair Dismissal

Basic Award £15,240
Compensatory Award £83,682


Race No Limit
Sex No Limit
Disability No Limit

ACAS Code of Practice (From 6th April 2009)

Unreasonable failure to comply by Employer 0 – 25 % increase

National Minimum Wage

The following information relates to the standard rates of National Minimum Wage for Employees in the standard age ranges (per hour) from 6th April 2018:

Workers over 21 — 24 £7.38

Workers aged 18 — 20 £5.90

Workers aged 16 — 17 £4.20

Apprentices  £3.70

National Living Wage — From 6th April 2018

For all workers aged 25 and above   £7.83 per hour.


Parental Entitlements

There are a variety of parental entitlements, some of which are subject to sufficient continuous service, and/or notice, by the Employee.


26 weeks’ ordinary maternity leave and 26 weeks’ additional maternity leave (total 52 weeks). Pay: 90% of average weekly earnings for first 6 weeks and then £145.18 a week or 90% of average weekly earnings (whichever is the lowest) for further 33 weeks (39 weeks in total). Note: If the Employee is not entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay, then she may be entitled to Maternity Allowance. An application will need to be made by the Employee to the Job Centre.


One or two weeks’ leave. Pay: 90% of average weekly earnings or £145.18 (whichever is lowest).

Additional Paternity Leave from 6th April 2018

26 Weeks’ additional paternity leave (minimum 2 weeks, maximum 26 weeks). Note: Father is only entitled if mother has returned to work before using full 52 week entitlement. It works by enabling the transfer of outstanding maternity leave to the mother’s spouse or partner. It must be taken at least 20 weeks after birth and must end before child’s first birthday.

Parental Leave

From 8th March 2013, generally in the first five years parents can take up to 18 weeks unpaid leave.


Sickness Payments

Statutory Sick Pay

The following information relates to the standard rate that an Employee may receive in the form of Statutory Sick Payments (SSP). In order to be eligible for SSP, Employees must have been sick for at least 4 days in a row (including weekends and Bank Holidays) and earn, before Tax and National Insurance contributions are deducted, an average of £116.00 per week. Employees must also work for their Employer under a Contract of Service. SSP is not paid for the first three days of work missed through sickness. In addition, an Employer may provide additional, contractual, sick pay to the Employee if so provided in the Terms of Employment.

From 6 April 2018

Current Rate – £92.05
Duration – Maximum of 28 weeks in any 3 years

Annual Leave Entitlement

The following information relates to Employees’ minimum leave entitlements under the Working Time Regulations 1998. Amounts are pro-rated for those who work less than a 5-day week.
From 1 April 2009 — 5.6 weeks leave (28 days). This includes an increase by the Government to include a statutory right to paid leave for Bank and Public holidays.
The following are not entitled to the increase in annual leave entitlement: people working in sea fishing, merchant shipping, mobile workers on inland waterways, workers in Northern Ireland and the self-employed.

There are currently 8 permanent Bank and Public Holidays in Great Britain:

New Year’s Day
Good Friday
Easter Monday
May Day
Spring Bank Holiday
Late Summer Bank Holiday
Christmas Day
Boxing Day

Income Tax Reliefs

Personal Allowance

Personal Allowance – £11,850

Income limit for Personal Allowance – £100,000

Married Couple’s Allowance

Income limit for Married Couple’s Allowance – £28,900

Marriage Allowance – £1,190

Blind Person’s Allowance – £2,390


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Rates are for guidance only and are liable to change regularly. Individual advice should always be taken. Please feel free to contact us for an update or for specialist advice tailored to your needs



































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