All items: Pay and benefits

  • National insurance hike is a "tax on jobs"

    7 September 2021

    Boris Johnson's announcement today that health and social care reform will be funded through a 1.25% increase in national insurance has been branded a "tax on jobs" by employer groups.

  • IR35 changes take effect in private sector

    6 April 2021

    Changes to the off-payroll working rules - known as IR35 - take effect in the private sector on 6 April.

  • National insurance relief for hiring veterans starts today

    6 April 2021

    Employers hiring military veterans can, from today, apply for relief on national insurance contributions (NICs) for the first 12 months of employment.

  • Four in 10 firms unprepared for IR35

    18 March 2021

    Nearly four in 10 (38%) mid-sized organisations are not prepared for the introduction of IR35 off-payroll working changes, with just under three weeks to go until they take effect.

  • National living wage: The workers getting a 9% pay rise on 1 April

    9 March 2021

    From 1 April 2021 thousands of low-paid workers will receive a pay rise of almost 9%, as the eligibility for the national living wage is widened to include 23 and 24-year-olds.

  • Government waives IR35 penalties for one year

    16 February 2021

    The Government has published new guidance about how it will support organisations seeking to comply with upcoming off-payroll (IR35) changes.

  • Pension Schemes Act hailed as 'landmark'

    12 February 2021

    A new pensions bill received royal assent yesterday (11 February 2021) that aims to strengthen protections for pension savers by extending the powers of the Pensions Regulator, introducing the power to issue civil penalties of up to £1m, and three new criminal offences. Some in the sector, however, have queried possible unintended consequences.

  • National living wage April 2021: 23-year-olds to receive increase

    25 November 2020

    The age from which workers become eligible for the national living wage will reduce to 23, the government has confirmed as it announced April 2021 increases to statutory minimum wage rates.

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