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Millions of UK workers to receive increase in pay from April 2021

In April of each year, the Government increases statutory payments that are payable to workers and employees. 

The changes that are being made to workers/employees rates at the beginning of April are identified below:

  • National Minimum Wage (under 18) will increase from £4.15 to £4.30 per hour;
  • National Minimum Wage (18-20) will increase from £6.45 to £6.56 per hour;
  • National Minimum Wage (21-22) will increase from £8.20 to £8.36 per hour; and
  • National Living Wage (23 or above) will increase from £8.72 to £8.91 per hour.

Please note that the age of a worker being entitled to the National Living Wage has been reduced from 25 years old to 23.

The following statutory payments for employees will increase from £151.20 to £151.97 per week;

  • Statutory Paternity Pay,
  • Statutory Parental Leave,
  • Statutory Adoption Leave,
  • Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay and
  • Shared Parental Leave Pay.

In addition, Statutory Sick Pay will increase for employees and workers from £95.85 to £96.35 per week. The first three days of absence by an employee remains unpaid unless the employee is off work due to COVID-19.

If you have any questions regarding any statutory payment generally or in relation to statutory sick pay and COVID-19 please contact the Downs Employment Team.


Liz Dalgetty

Liz Dalgetty

Consultant Solicitor & Notary Public

Tel: +44 (0) 1306 502251

Office: Dorking

Email: l.dalgetty@downslaw.co.uk