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Rate increases

Adrian Fryer

The Government has announced the employment law rate changes that come into force in April 2023.

From 1 April 2023:

  • National Living Wage for workers aged 23 and over increased to £10.42 per hour
  • For workers aged 21-22 the rate increased to £10.18 per hour
  • For workers aged 18-20 the rate increased to £7.49 per hour
  • For workers aged 16-17 and those on apprenticeships the rate increased to £5.28 per hour

From 2 April 2023 Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay, Shared Parental Pay, Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay all rose to a maximum of £172.48 per week.

From 6 April 2023:

  • Statutory Sick Pay increases to £109.40 per week
  • A week’s pay for statutory redundancy pay (and basic award for unfair dismissal) purposes rises to a maximum of £643.

For Employment Tribunal claims for discrimination presented on or after 6 April 2023, the Vento bands which the ET uses to assess the level of compensation for injury to feelings in discrimination cases increase to:

  • a lower band of £1,100 to £11,200 (less serious cases);
  • a middle band of £11,200 to £33,700 (cases that do not merit an award in the upper band); and,
  • an upper band of £33,700 to £56,200 (the most serious cases), with the most exceptional cases capable of exceeding £56,200.


Adrian Fryer, Partner & Head of Employment

t: 0151 224 0539