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●    There will be an increase in the living wage rates, taking place on April 1st. The rates will be as follows: £7.50 per hour if you are 25 years old and over. £7.05 per hour if 21 to 24 years old. £5.60 per hour for individuals aged between 18 and 20 yrs old. If you are 16 or 17 you should receive a minimum of £4.05 per hour. Apprentices aged 19 or under as well as apprentices over 19 in their first year of apprenticeship will receive £3.50.


●    Maternity pay will also rise this April 2nd. The rates of statutory paternity pay and statutory shared parental pay as well as adoption pay will to go up from £139.58 to £140.98 (or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate).


●    Statutory sick pay is also increasing from £88.45 to £89.35 from April 6th.
●    Parental leave is currently 56 weeks. The first 26 weeks are considered ordinary leave and the second 26 weeks are additional. 2 weeks of leave are compulsory after the baby is born (or 4 if employee works in a factory).