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What are the statutory rates and compensation limits for 2021?

National Minimum Wage
Age Former Rate (£) Current Rate (£)
Workers aged 25 and over (National Living Wage) 8.72 8.91
Workers aged 21 – 24 8.20 8.36
Development rates for workers aged 18 – 20 6.45 6.56
Young workers rate for workers aged 16 – 17 4.55 4.62
Apprentices under 19, or over 19 and in their first year of the apprenticeship 4.15 4.30
Statutory Sick Pay
Payment Former Rate (£) Current Rate (£)
Statutory sick pay 95.85 96.35
Family Friendly Payments
Payments Former Rate (£) Current Rate (£)
Statutory shared parental pay (ShPP) Statutory rate or 90% of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower. 151.20 151.97
Statutory maternity pay (SMP) First six weeks – 90% of employee’s average weekly earnings. Remaining weeks at the statutory rate or 90% of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower. 151.20 151.97
Statutory paternity pay (SPP) Statutory rate or 90% of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.  151.20 151.97
Statutory adoption pay (SAP) First six weeks – 90% of employee’s average weekly earnings. Remaining weeks at the statutory rate or 90% of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower. 151.20 151.97
     
Compensation Limits
Payments Former Rate (£) Current Rate (£)
Limit on guarantee payments 30 (maximum £150, five days in any three-month period) 30 (maximum £150, five days in any three-month period)
Limit on a week’s pay for calculating redundancy and unfair dismissal basic award 538 544
Maximum basic award for unfair dismissal and statutory redundancy payment 16,140 (30 weeks’ pay subject to the limit on a week’s pay) 16,320 (30 weeks’ pay subject to the limit on a week’s pay)
Minimum basic award for dismissal on trade union, health and safety, occupational pension scheme trustee, employee representative and on working time grounds only 6,562 6,634
Maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal 88,519 89,493
Additional award for failure to comply with reinstatement or re-engagement order 13,988 – 27,976
(26 – 52 weeks’ pay maximum)
14,144 – 28,288 (26 – 52 weeks’ pay maximum)
Minimum compensation for employees excluded/expelled from trade union 10,022 10,132
Failure to allow right to be accompanies correctly 1,076
(two weeks’ pay capped at the statutory amount)
1,088
(two weeks’ pay capped at the statutory amount)
Failure to give written statement of particulars 1,076 or 2,152
(two or four weeks’ pay capped at the statutory amount)
1,088 or 2,176
(two or four weeks’ pay capped at the statutory amount)
Flexible working regulations 4,304 (eight weeks’ pay capped at the statutory amount) 4,352 (eight weeks’ pay capped at the statutory amount)
Contract claims (if a claim for breach of contract is brought in an employment tribunal, compensation is capped at £25,000. If the claim is for more than £25,000, it can be made in the county court of high court. 25,000 25,000
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