changes to employment law

April 2017

A number of important changes to employment law come into operation in April 2017.

National minimum wage increases

From 1 April 2017, new national minimum wage rates come into operation. These are as follows:-

  1. For those aged 25 or over, £7.50 per hour.
  2. For those between 21 and 24, £7.05 per hour.
  3. For those between 18 and 20, £5.60 per hour.
  4. For those under 18, £4.05 per hour.
  5. For apprentices, £3.50 per hour.

Apprenticeship levy

From 6 April 2017, all employers with an annual wage bil of £3million or more will be required to pay an apprenticeship levy of 0.5% of their wage bill.

Gender pay gap reporting

From 6 April 2017, reporting on gender pay gap will be compulsory for private sector and voluntary organisations employing 250 or more people

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