Annual increase in statutory employment rates

Between 1- 7 April 2024 is when the annual increase in statutory employment rates take effect including national minimum wage (NMW) and the family friendly benefits. We have listed these below but a point to highlight is the National Living Wage rate now applies to workers ages 21 and over (previously applying to those aged 23 and over).

It is essential that you review your workers’ pay and increase where necessary to ensure compliance with national minimum wage legislation.





NMW Age 16-17


1 April

NMW Age 18-20


1 April

NLW Age 21 or over


1 April

Apprentice (if under age 19 or in first year of apprenticeship


1 April

Accommodation offset


1 April

Family friendly payments

£184.03/week or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower

7 April

Statutory sick pay


6 April

Statutory redundancy pay (cap on week’s pay)


6 April

Statutory guaranteed payment (lay-off, short-time)

£38/day (subject to maximum 5 days or £190 in any 3 months)

6 April

NI lower earnings limit


1 April


For further advice, NFU Employment Service members can contact our Employment Specialists on 0370 840 0234.