On the 1st April 2020, the national living wage (NLW) and the four national minimum wage (NMW) rates will increase as follows:

  • NLW, which is payable to all workers aged 25 and over, will rise from £8.21 to £8.72 per hour
  • The Adult rate of the NMW, which is payable to all workers who are aged 21 to 24 years old, will rise from £7.72 to £8.20 per hour.
  • The youth development rate, which is payable to all workers who are aged 18 to 20 years old, will rise from £6.15 to £6.45 per hour
  • The young workers rate, which is payable to workers aged under 18 will rise from £4.35 to £4.55 per hour
  • The apprentice rate will rise from £3.90 to £4.15 per hour.

On the on 5 April 2020 Statutory maternity, paternity, Shared Parental and Adoption pay will all rise from £148.68 to £151.20 per week (or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is lower than the statutory rate).

On 6 April 2020 Statutory sick pay will increase from £94.25 to £95.85 per week.

To qualify for these statutory payments an employee must earn at least the lower earnings limit (LEL) which is currently £118 per week but is set to increase from April 2020.

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