Increases to Statutory Employment Payments from April 2022

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National minimum wage and other statutory rates of pay are set to change for the year April 2022-2023.

Employers must ensure they adjust employee pay levels to comply with the new statutory rates.

National minimum wage 2022-2023

From 1 April 2022, the following increases will apply:

  • For workers aged 23 and over, the national living wage will increase from £8.91 to £9.50 per hour
  • For workers aged 21 to 22 NMW is increasing from £8.36 to £9.18 per hour
  • For workers aged 18 to 20 NMW is increasing from £6.56 to £6.83 per hour
  • For workers aged 16 to 17 NMW is increasing from £4.62 to £4.81 per hour
  • For apprentices, NMW is increasing from £4.30 to £4.81 per hour

Statutory redundancy pay 2022-2023

When calculating statutory redundancy pay entitlement, the weekly pay limit has been increased to £571 from 6 April 2022. With the service limit set at 20 years, this means that the maximum statutory redundancy pay is £17,130 per employee, although the contract of employment may make provision for enhanced entitlement.

Other statutory employment payment rates 2022-2023

From 3 April 2022, statutory maternity, adoption, paternity and other parental leave will increase from £151.97 to £156.66 per week.

From 6 April 2022, the rate of statutory sick pay will increase from £96.35 to £99.35.

Employee and employer National Insurance Contributions will also be increasing by 1.25% from April.

Compensation rates for unfair dismissal 2022-2023

Unfair dismissal compensation limits are also being increased and will apply to cases where the employee’s effective date of termination is on or after 6 April 2022.

The new limits are as follows:

  • Increase from £544 to £571 for the weekly pay limit applicable when calculating the basic award for unfair dismissal claims
  • Increase of the minimum basic award for certain unfair dismissals (including health and safety dismissals) from £6,634 to £6,959
  • Increase of the maximum compensatory award for an ordinary unfair dismissal from £89,493 to £93,978






Gill Laing is a qualified Legal Researcher & Analyst with niche specialisms in Law, Tax, Human Resources, Immigration & Employment Law.

Gill is a Multiple Business Owner and the Managing Director of Prof Services - a Marketing Agency for the Professional Services Sector.

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