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 2019: £29 a day  (maximum £145, five days in any three-month period)

From 6 April 2020: £30 a day  (maximum £150, five days in any three-month period)


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

From 6 April 2019: £525 

From 6 April 2020: £538


Maximum basic award for unfair dismissal and statutory redundancy payment:

From 6 April 2019: £15,750  (30 weeks' pay subject to the limit on a week's pay)  

From 6 April 2020: £16,140  (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 2019: £6,408 

From 6 April 2020: £6,562


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

From 6 April 2019: £86,444 

From 6 April 2020: £88,519


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

From 6 April 2019: £13,650 - £27,300  (26-52 weeks' pay maximum)

From 6 April 2020: £13,988 - £27,976  (26-52 weeks' pay maximum)


Minimum compensation for employees excluded/expelled from trade union:

From 6 April 2019: £9,787 

From 6 April 2020: £10,022


Failure to allow right to be accompanied correctly:

From 6 April 2019: £1,050  (two weeks' pay capped at the statutory amount)

From 6 April 2020: £1,076  (two weeks' pay capped at the statutory amount)


Failure to give written statement of particulars:

From 6 April 2019: £1,050 or £2,100  (two or four weeks' pay capped at the statutory amount)

From 6 April 2020: £1,076 or £2,152  (two or four weeks' pay capped at the statutory amount)


Flexible working regulations:

From 6 April 2019: £4,200  (eight weeks’ pay capped at the statutory amount)

From 6 April 2020: £4,304  (eight weeks’ pay capped at the statutory amount)

For more details, see The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2020.


Personal injury compensation limits

From 6 April 2020, the Vento bands for calculating injury to feelings awards in discrimination claims for England and Wales increase as follows:

  • Lower band £900-£9,000
  • Middle band £9,000-£27,000
  • Upper band £27,000-£45,000

Exceptionally serious cases could exceed the £45,000 cap.

For more information, see Presidential guidance Vento bands (pdf).

Statutory maternity pay (SMP):

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

From 7 April 2019: £148.68 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.

From 5 April 2020: £151.20 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 7 April 2019: £148.68 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.

From 5 April 2020: £151.20 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.

Statutory paternity pay (SPP):

Paid for two weeks.

From 7 April 2019: £148.68 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.

From 5 April 2020: £151.20 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.

Statutory shared parental leave pay:

From 7 April 2019: £148.68 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.

From 5 April 2020: £151.20 or 90 per cent of employee’s weekly earnings if this is lower.

From 6 April 2019: £94.25

From 6 April 2020: £95.85

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.


From 1 April 2020:

Workers aged 25 and over: £8.72 an hour (National Living Wage)

Workers aged 21-24: £8.20 an hour

Development rate for workers aged 18-20: £6.45 an hour

Young workers rate for workers aged 16-17: £4.55 an hour

Apprentice rate: £4.15 an hour

The new rates were announced on 31 December 2019 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:

For details, go to HMRC’s National Insurance Rates and thresholds for employers 2019-2020.

New fees apply from 1 October 2019:

Enhanced DBS check: £40 (previously £44)

Standard DBS check: £23 (previously £26)

Basic DBS check: £23 (previously £25)

Update Service: £13 (unchanged)

DBS adult first check: £6 (unchanged)

For more information, go to the Disclosure and Barring Service

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