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Employment Facts & Figures

At a glance: The statutory employment rates for employees are reviewed and usually updated in April each year – below are some key facts & figures for 2024/2025.

Statutory rates (from 7 April 2024)

Maternity/adoption pay £184.03 each week
Paternity pay £184.03 each week
Shared parental pay £184.03 each week
Sick pay £116.75 each week


National Minimum Wage (from 1 April 2024)

Apprentices £6.40 per hour (if 19 or under in the first year of apprenticeship)
Age 16-17 £6.40 per hour
Age 18-20 £8.60 per hour
Age 21-22 £10.18 per hour


National Living Wage (from 1 April 2024)

Age 23+ £11.44 per hour


Compensation limits (from 6 April 2024)

Week’s pay £700 (maximum)
Statutory redundancy payment £21,000 (maximum)
Unfair dismissal basic award £21,000 (maximum)
Unfair dismissal compensatory award Lower of £115,115 or 52 weeks’ gross pay
Automatically unfair dismissal basic award £8,533 (minimum)
Breach of right to be accompanied £1,400 (up to 2 weeks’ pay)
Breach of flexible working regulations £5,600 (up to 8 weeks’ pay)
Failure to give written particulars of employment £1,400 to £2,800 (2 to 4 weeks’ pay)
Failure to inform or consult (collective redundancy) 90 days’ gross pay
Failure to inform or consult (TUPE transfer) 13 weeks’ gross pay
Guarantee payment £38 each day


Qualifying Periods

Unfair dismissal claims 2 years’ continuous service
Statutory redundancy 2 years’ continuous service
Statutory Maternity pay 26 weeks’ continuous service
Statutory Paternity pay 26 weeks’ continuous service
Shared Parental Pay 26 weeks’ continuous service


Time Limits

Employment Tribunal claim 3 months less 1 day


(6 months less 1 day if claim is for failure to pay redundancy pay, equal pay, related to strike action, certain claims against a trade union or if you’re a member of the armed forces)

Contract claim in the civil courts 6 years