Pay increases April 2019:

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.


Rates of pay are based on your employees age and in the case of an apprentice where they are in their course. It is important to increase your employees wages as they get older or complete their apprenticeship training.

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:

There are several other statutory payments that you employees may be entitled to during their employment.

Statutory Sick Pay: increase from £92.05 to £94.25 per week
Statutory Maternity, Paternity and 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.

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