It has been confirmed that the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay will all increase from April 2018.

The rates are being increased in line with the consumer price index (CPI). 

The current weekly rates for statutory maternity and adoption pay (after the first six weeks of leave), paternity and shared parental is £140.98 (or 90% of the employee's average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate).  These will rise to £145.18 per week.

As usual these increases will come into effect on the first Sunday in April, which will be 1 April 2018.

The rate of statutory sick pay will be increasing from £89.35 to £92.05. This increase will take place on 6 April 2018.

To be entitled to these statutory payments, the employee's average earnings must be equal to or more than the lower earnings limit, which will also increase to £116 in April 2018.

There are also increases to the National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates, which from the 1 April 2018 will be:

  • £7.83 per hour - 25 yrs old and over
  • £7.38 per hour - 21-24 yrs old
  • £5.90 per hour - 18-20 yrs old
  • £4.20 per hour - 16-17 yrs old
  • £3.70 for apprentices under 19 or 19 or over who are in the first year of apprenticeship.

Now is the time to start looking at the effect these changes will have on your salary budgets!

For more information please view our Upcoming Changes page.

Fiona Haworth. You can contact Fiona on

If you feel that you need guidance or advice on this matter, please call Practical HR on 01702 216573 or email Fiona on the above.

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