Posted Date: 1st March 2022

Increase in Family Friendly Rates and SSP

The rates for 2022/23 statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, parental bereavement and shared parental pay are set to increase from £151.97 to £156.66 per week, as of 3rd April 2022.

Additionally, the rate of statutory sick pay (SSP) is also set to increase from £96.35 to £99.35 per week, as of 6th April 2022.


Increase in National Minimum Wage

Please find below the new national minimum wage rates as of 1st April 2022. A key change to note is a significant increase in the apprentice rate (11.9% increase), bringing it in line with the 14-16 year old rate.

We recommend that you conduct a pay audit on your workforce, to ensure that all employees are paid within the correct bracket. You should also check the birthdays of workers over the next 12 months, as they may be entitled to an increase part way through the year which you should diarise, or increase from 1st April in advance.

All workers, except for those who are genuinely self-employed, are entitled to the National Minimum / Living Wage.



Rate from April 2022

23 Years and Older (National Living Wage)


21-22 Year Old Rate


18-20 Year Old Rate


16-17 Year Old Rate


Apprentice Rate

(enrolled on an apprenticeship and aged under 19, or aged 19 or older and in the first year of an apprenticeship)



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