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Business Changes Afoot in April 2018


Posted on: March 29th, 2018 by Austen | | Categories: Uncategorised

Business Changes Afoot in April 2018


National Living Wage and National Minimum Wage rates to increase

From 1 April 2018, the national living wage for employees aged 25 and over will increase to £7.83 per hour. The national minimum wage will increase to £7.38 per hour for workers aged 21-24, and to £5.90 an hour for workers aged 18-20. For workers who are aged 16-17, this will rise to £4.20 per hour, and for apprentices, the rate will rise to £3.70 an hour.

Dividend Allowance set to reduce

On 6 April 2018 the Dividend Allowance will reduce from £5,000 to £2,000 following the Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond’s decision to cut the Dividend Allowance in the 2017 Budget. The stated aim is to ‘address the unfairness associated with director-shareholders’ tax advantage’.

Increase in employers’ minimum auto-enrolment contributions

Currently the pension auto-enrolment legislation requires employers to contribute at least 1% on qualifying earnings. From 6 April 2018, employers may be required to increase the contribution they pay into their automatic enrolment workplace pension scheme.

Affected employers will be required to pay a minimum of 2% from this time, with a further increase to 3% set to take place from 6 April 2019. If the employer pays the same as the minimum total contribution then the member of staff will not need to pay any contributions, unless the scheme rules require a contribution.

If you would like to know how these changes will impact your business, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us on 01484 685413 or email

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