Increases in the National Minimum Wage

I have a small team and have heard that the hourly rates I have to pay my staff are due to go up in April 2018 – could you please tell me by how much?

2nd March 2018

The  National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to by law. The rates below apply from 1st April 2018:

  • Aged 25 and above - £7.83
  • Aged 21 to 24 inclusive - £7.38
  • Aged 18 to 20 inclusive - £5.90
  • Aged under 18 (but above compulsory school leaving age) - £4.20
  • Apprentices aged under 19 - £3.70
  • Apprentices aged 19 and over, but in the first year of their apprenticeship - £3.70

The £7.83 hourly rate is labelled the National Living Wage; the other rates are referred to as National Minimum Wage rates. 

Remember there are concessions regarding Employer’s National Insurance contributions for the younger members of staff and apprentices, but you must make sure they have the correct National Insurance category letter.

To understand what the impact of the increase is, here’s an example of how much extra the new living wage rate of £7.83 would cost you for a staff member working 35 hours per week:

(£7.83 - £7.05) x (52 weeks x 35 hours) = 78p x 1,820 hours = £1,419.60

Furthermore, there would be Employer’s National Insurance at 13.8% of £195.90.

So all-in-all, this employee would cost an additional £1,615.50 a year from 1st April 2018.

TaxAssist Accountants offer payroll services, including looking after Benefit in Kind Forms P11D and ensuring you’re compliant with Auto Enrolment. For more information, contact your local TaxAssist Accountant. 

By Jo Nockels

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