Legal Changes & Statutory Rates for 2017

National Minimum Wage / National Living Wage

The tables on this page provide you with details of the minimum wage rates that all of your workers are entitled to.

National Minimum Wage

Type of PaymentFrom April 2017
Workers aged 25 and over (minimum rate per hour)£7.50
Workers aged 21 and over (minimum rate per hour)£7.05
Workers aged 18-20 (minimum rate per hour)£5.60
Workers aged under 16 and 17 (minimum rate per hour)£4.05
Apprentices under 19 (or aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship)£3.50

The Government has announced that, from April 2017, the National Minimum Wage and the National Living Wage will both be changed annually, in April.

APRIL TBC: Increase statutory rates (subject to confirmation)
In April, Statutory Maternity/ Paternity/Adoption/Shared Parental pay are all due to increase from £139.58 per week to £140.98 per week.

Statutory Sick Pay is due to increase from per week £88.45 to £89.35 per week.

APRIL 6: Gender Pay Gap Reporting
Employers in the private sector with 250 or more ‘employees’ will be required to report on the differences in pay between male and female employees for the reporting period starting 6 April 2017 and ending 5 April 2018, and annually thereafter. Reports must be published by the end of the reporting period. Recruiters that supply temporary workers should note that they must include their temporary workers (who are engaged on contracts under which they provide their services personally), when assessing whether they meet the 250 employee threshold, and they must include data for those temporary workers in their report.

APRIL 6: Apprenticeship levy
6 April will see the commencement of the apprenticeship levy for all employers with a pay bill in excess of £3 million per year. The levy will be charged at 0.5{e85120a690986c003b28f85c6b4de0e089ccbb3c964777e8593c25d2056b3cf6} of the pay bill but employers will receive a £15,000 allowance to offset against their payments.

Note that the levy takes into account the entire pay bill, including pay for an agencies temporary workers. See here for more details.