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 2022: £31 a day  (maximum £155, five days in any three-month period)


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

From 6 April 2022: £571


Maximum basic award for unfair dismissal and statutory redundancy payment:

From 6 April 2022: £17,130  (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 2022: £6,959


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

From 6 April 2022: £93,878


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

From 6 April 2022: £14,846 - £29,692  (26-52 weeks' pay maximum)


Minimum compensation for employees excluded/expelled from trade union:

From 6 April 2022: £10,628


Failure to allow right to be accompanied correctly:

From 6 April 2022: £1,142  (two weeks' pay capped at the statutory amount)


Failure to give written statement of particulars:

From 6 April 2022: £1,142 or £2,284  (two or four weeks' pay capped at the statutory amount)


Flexible working regulations:

From 6 April 2022: £4,568  (eight weeks’ pay capped at the statutory amount)

For more details, see The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2022.

See Table of increase of limits for compensation rates in Northern Ireland.


Personal injury compensation limits

From 6 April 2022, the Vento bands for calculating injury to feelings awards in discrimination claims for England, Wales and Scotland* are set at:

  • Lower band £990-£9,900 (less serious cases)
  • Middle band £9,900-£29,600 (cases not meriting an upper band award)
  • Upper band £29,600-£49,300 (the most serious cases)

Exceptionally serious cases could exceed the £49,300 cap.

* These bands do not apply in Northern Ireland.

For more information, see Vento bands presidential guidance April 2022(pdf).

Statutory maternity pay (SMP):

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

From 3 April 2022: £156.66

Statutory adoption pay (SAP):

First six weeks – 90 per cent of employee’s average weekly earnings. Remaining weeks at the following ratesor 90% per cent of earnings if lower.

From 3 April 2022: £156.66

Statutory paternity pay (SPP):

Paid for two weeks.

From 3 April 2022: £156.66

Statutory shared parental leave pay:

From 3 April 2022: £156.66

From 3 April 2022: £99.35

To qualify for statutory sick pay, employees or workers must be paying Class 1 National Insurance contributions, be absent because of incapacity for work for four or more days in a row, and average weekly earnings of not less than the lower earnings limit (see ‘Income tax, Rates and thresholds for employers’ above) within the previous eight weeks.

From 1 April 2022:

Workers aged 23 and over: £9.50 an hour (National Living Wage)

Workers aged 21-22: £9.18 an hour

Development rate for workers aged 18-20: £6.56 an hour

Young workers rate for workers aged 16-17: £4.62 an hour

Apprentice rate: £4.81 an hour

The new rates were announced on 27 October 2021 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 2022 to 2023.

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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