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Current Government Employment Rates and Limits

There are a number of rates and limits which apply in relation to employment matters and which are updated from time to time by the Government.

We have therefore set out below some of the most common rates and limits which apply.

Item Current Limit – April 2021
Cap on a week’s pay £544
Maximum compensatory award in unfair dismissal claims £89,493
Maximum basic award £16,141
Maximum redundancy pay £16,141
Vento Bands in discrimination cases Lower band: £900 to £9,100
Middle band: £9,100 to £27,400
Upper band: £27,400 to £45,600
Statutory Sick Pay £96.35 for up to 28 weeks
Statutory Maternity / Adoption Pay 6 weeks at 90% of pay
33 weeks at £151.97 per week
Shared parental pay 39 weeks, less any maternity/adoption leave taken, at £151.97 per week
Statutory Paternity Pay 1 or 2 weeks at £151.97 per week
National Minimum Wage (hourly rate) National Living Wage, age 23+: £8.91
Age 21 – 22: £8.36
Age 18 – 20: £6.56
Age 16 – 17: £4.62
Apprentice rate: £4.30