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Statutory and National Living/Minimum Wage increases from April 2018

With effect from April 2018, the national minimum wage and statutory pay rates have been increased. The National Living Wage and Minimum Wage increased on the 1 April 2018. We have outlined the new amounts below for information.

Increases to Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay and Statutory Shared Parental Pay also came into force on 1st April 2018. This is payable at 90% of average earnings for 6 weeks and then at the rates below, unless 90% is less than £145.18.

Increases to Statutory Sick Pay are applicable from 6th April 2018 and are also outlined below.

At this time of year, it is useful to review your approach to pay and how you communicate any changes to staff. How do you ensure that you are paying your staff correctly and fairly? What systems are in place for reviewing pay and how do you notify staff of changes? If you are a school and you are considering becoming or joining a Multi -Academy Trust, how will you ensure fair employment and remuneration going forward? If you would like any help with any of these points or with applying the new rates please contact one of the team on 01924 827869.

National Living Wage

National Minimum Wage

Age 25

Age 21 - 24

Age 18 - 20

Age under 18


Current Statutory Minimum






April 2018






Statutory Maternity and Adoption Pay

Statutory Paternity and Shared Parental Pay

Statutory Sick Pay

Current Statutory Minimum

£140.98, or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this is less

£140.98, or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this is less


April 2018

£145.18 or 90% as above

£145.18 or 90% as above


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