April 2019 increases:

Pay is one of the most important factors in our working life. It’s a sensitive subject – the way it’s handled can have a big impact on morale and productivity. Failure to pay the correct wages to your employees can result in penalties from HMRC and potential claims from our employees against you.
Are you aware of the increases coming in April – if not see our handy guide below.

Pay rates:
Category Current April 2019 Increase
National Living Wage £7.83 £8.21 4.9%
21-24 year old £7.38 £7.70 4.3%
18-20 year old £5.90 £6.15 4.2%
16-17 year old £4.20 £4.35 3.6%
Apprentice rate £3.70 £3.90 5.4%

Other payments:

Statutory Sick Pay: increase from £92.05 to £94.25 per week
Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay: increase from £145.18 to £148.68
Lower earnings limit rising from £116 per week to £118
Pension contributions: the minimum contributions into auto-enrolment pension schemes will rise to 3% for employers and 5% for employees, to produce a total minimum contribution of 8%

It is also important to get your payslips right, itemisation of payslips comes into force in April 2019, payslips must be issued on or before payday.