This page includes the current rates and limits on the following awards and payments: compensation limits including unfair dismissal and statutory redundancy pay, statutory sick pay, maternity, paternity and adoption pay, national minimum wage rates, income tax allowances, tribunal fees and Disclosure and Barring Service fees for criminal record checks.

Maximum guarantee payments:

From 6 April 2017: £27 a day (maximum £135, five days in any three month period)

From 6 April 2018: £28 a day (maximum £140, five days in any three month period)


Maximum week's pay for calculating redundancy and unfair dismissal basic award:

From 6 April 2017: £489

From 6 April 2018: £508


Maximum basic award for unfair dismissal and statutory redundancy payment:

From 6 April 2017: £14,670 (30 weeks' pay subject to the limit on a week's pay)

From 6 April 2018: £15,240 (30 weeks' pay subject to the limit on a week's pay)


Minimum basic award for dismissal on trade union, health and safety, occupational pension scheme trustee, employee representative and on working time grounds only:

From 6 April 2017: £5,970

From 6 April 2018: £6,203


Maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal (unlimited for certain automatically unfair dismissals, for example, health and safety or whistleblowing):

From 6 April 2017: £80,541

From 6 April 2018: £83,682


Additional award for failure to comply with reinstatement or re-engagement order:

From 6 April 2017: £12,714 - £25,428  (26-52 weeks' pay maximum)

From 6 April 2018: £13,208 - £26,416 (26-52 weeks' pay maximum)


Minimum compensation for employees excluded/expelled from trade union:

From 6 April 2017: £9,118

From 6 April 2018: £9,474


Failure to allow right to be accompanied correctly:

From 6 April 2017: £978 (two weeks' pay capped at the statutory amount)

From 6 April 2018: £1,016 (two weeks' pay capped at the statutory amount)


Failure to give written statement of particulars:

From 6 April 2017: £978 or £1,956  (two or four weeks' pay capped at the statutory amount)

From 6 April 2018: £1,016 or £2,032 (two or four weeks' pay capped at the statutory amount)


Flexible working regulations:

From 6 April 2017: £3,912  (eight weeks' pay capped at the statutory amount)

From 6 April 2018: £4,064 (eight weeks’ pay capped at the statutory amount)


For more details, see The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2018 (pdf)

Statutory maternity pay (SMP):

First six weeks – 90 per cent of employee’s average weekly earnings. Remaining weeks at the following rates.

From 2 April 2017: £140.98 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.
From 1 April 2018: £145.18 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.


Statutory adoption pay (SAP):

First six weeks – 90 per cent of employee’s average weekly earnings. Remaining weeks at the following rates.

From 2 April 2017: £140.98 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.
From 1 April 2018: £145.18 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.


Statutory paternity pay (SPP):

Paid for two weeks.

From 2 April 2017: £140.98 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.
From 1 April 2018: £145.18 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.


Statutory shared parental leave pay:

From 2 April 2017: £140.98 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.
From 1 April 2018: £145.18 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.

From 6 April 2017: £89.35
From 6 April 2018: £92.05

From 1 April 2018:

Workers aged 25 and over: £7.83 an hour (National Living Wage)
Workers aged 21-24: £7.38 an hour
Development rate for workers aged 18-20: £5.90 an hour
Young workers rate for workers aged 16-17: £4.20 an hour
Apprentice rate: £3.70 an hour

More information on the NMW and its calculation is available on the GOV.UK website.

From 1 April 2019:

Workers aged 25 and over: £8.21 an hour (National Living Wage)
Workers aged 21-24: £7.70 an hour
Development rate for workers aged 18-20: £6.15 an hour
Young workers rate for workers aged 16-17: £4.35 an hour
Apprentice rate: £3.90 an hour

The new rates were announced in the Budget 2018 and follow the Low Pay Commission's recommendations.

For details of statutory redundancy payments and guaranteed pay see the Compensation limits listed above.

The GOV.UK website has an interactive tool to help calculate redundancy pay.

Income tax allowances:

Details of the HMRC national insurance rates and allowances for 2018-2019 are available on the GOV.UK website.

Enhanced DBS check: £44

Standard DBS check: £26

DBS adult first check: £6

Registration application: £300

Countersignatory application: £5

On 26 July 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that the regulations introducing tribunal fees in July 2013 were unlawful. Employment tribunals stopped accepting fees with immediate effect.

The Government opened a fees refund scheme on 15 November 2017. Claims for refunds can be submitted by any employee and employer that paid Employment Tribunal or Employment Appeal Tribunal fees between 2013 and 2017.

For more details, see our Tribunal claims, settlement and compromise Q&As.

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