Changes to National Minimum Wage & National Living Wage April 2024

The increase to the National Minimum Wage & the National Living Wage comes into effect on 1st April 2024.

Below is the minimum hourly rate that almost all workers are entitled to by law.

New National Minimum Wage Rates 2024:

National Minimum Wage
Age Group Amount
National Living Wage 21+ £11.44 per hour
18 – 20 £8.60 per hour
Over school age (16/17) but not yet 18 £6.40 per hour
Apprentice Rate £6.40 per hour 


Other Statutory Payments from 4 April 2024
Statutory Pay for: Maternity / Paternity / Adoption / Shared Parental Leave / Parental Bereavement £184.03 per week or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate.
Statutory Sick Pay £116.75 per week


Expected Changes to Employment Laws 2024:

– Flexible Working Rights 

This gives employees the right to request flexible working from day one of employment. All requests will have to be responded to within 2 months. They can make 2 requests a year.


– Carer’s Leave

Employees with specific caring responsibilities will be able to take 5 days unpaid leave. This will be a day one right.


– Neonatal Care (Leave & Pay) 

Parents of newborns will be able to take up to 12 weeks additional time off on top of maternity/paternity leave if the baby required neonatal care for more than 1 week before turning 28 days old. A day one right. Pay will be statutory.


– Redundancy Protection 

This will provide pregnant employees with additional protection; this will also apply to parents for 18 months after the child is born – this included adoption and shared parental leave.


– Right to Predictable Working Patterns

Grants workers, agency worker the right to formally request a more predictable work patterns.


– Workers Protection Act

Places a duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment of their employees.


– Retainer Clients 

Your statutory handbook will be updated and sent to you early May once the above expected laws are implemented.


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