Statutory minimum wage rates and statutory benefits

Posted on January 23rd, 2023

Statutory minimum wage rates

The government has accepted in full the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission and announced the rates of the National Living Wage (NLW) and National Minimum Wage (NMW) to apply from 1 April 2023.


Rate from April 2022

Rate from April 2023

Annual increase

Annual increase

National living wage (over 22)





21–22 year old NMW rate





18–20 year old NMW rate





16–17 year old NMW rate





Apprentice rate





Statutory benefits

In its policy paper ‘Benefit and pension rates 2023 to 2024’, the Department for Work and Pensions sets out the new rates for statutory benefits, which will apply from April 2023.

The weekly rates of statutory maternity pay, statutory paternity pay, statutory shared parental pay, statutory adoption pay and statutory parental bereavement pay will increase from £156.66 to £172.48. This will take effect from 2 April 2023.

The weekly rate of statutory sick pay will increase from £99.35 to £109.40. This will take effect from 6 April 2023.

The minimum weekly amount an individual must earn, in order to be entitled to these payments, will remain at £123.

The weekly rate of maternity allowance will also increase to £172.48.

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