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Current tax thresholds
Your employer must register and deduct NI from your salary if you are paid £153 or more per week. Your employer must also register if you have another job, even if you are paid below the threshold.

If you are paid between £111 and £153 and you do not have another job, your employer should still register with HMRC although no Tax and NI will be due. This will enable you to receive state pension and other benefits. Tax is only deductable if you are paid £192* or more per week and you do not have another job.

Tax and NI payments
If your employer's monthly Tax and NI bill is below £1,500 they only have to pay Tax and NI to HMRC on a quarterly basis.

Payment dates
19 April 2014
19 July 2014
19 October 2014
19 January 2014

Statutory Sick Pay (SSP)
The current rate is £87.55 per week.

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
The first six weeks of SMP are at 90% of average gross weekly earnings. The remaining weeks of the maternity pay period (up to a maximum of 33 weeks) are paid at the lower rate of £138.18 gross per week, or 90% if lower.

Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP)
New fathers are entitled to two weeks' SPP, with a right to a further 13 weeks of unpaid leave. The current rate is £138.18 gross per week.

Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP)
The current rate of SAP is £138.18 gross per week.

Redundancy pay entitlement
Aged between 18 and 21: half a week’s pay, or £225, whichever is lower
Aged between 22 and 40: one week’s pay, or £450, whichever is lower,
Between 41 and retirement: one and a half week’s pay, or £675, whichever is lower
Please note that you qualify for a multiple of the above for every year of continuous employment (for the same employer).

National Minimum Wage (NMW), effective from 1 October 2013
£3.72 per hour gross for employees aged between 16 and 17
£5.03 per hour gross for employees aged between 18 and 20
£6.31 per hour gross for employees aged 21 years and over

Offset allowance per 7-day week: £34.37 (effective from 1 October 2013)

Student Loan Recovery
If you have a student loan and are earning £16,910 gross per year, £1,409.16 gross per month, £325.19 gross per week or more, your employer must deduct student loan repayments form your salary.

*providing you are on a standard tax code

These rates are effective from 6 April 2014. The rates will be updated as and when they become available.


Home Domestic workers always agree a gross wage
Always insist on a gross wage with your employer PDF Print E-mail

Many domestic employees and domestic agencies still discuss salaries in terms of net (i.e. take-home) and consequently many domestic workers have net-wage agreements with their employers. Although it is understandable that what you are ultimately interested in is how much money you have in your pocket at the end of each week or month, the reality is that you are always paid a gross wage, with tax and National Insurance Contributions paid to HMRC by your employer on your behalf. By insisting to discuss your salary in terms of net you could actually be doing yourself a disservice, as many employers end up considering the tax and NI contributions as additional costs, whereas they are actually part of your gross wage. 

Domestic employment is most certainly the only profession left in the UK where wages are still commonly agreed on the basis of net (i.e. take-home) pay. It is surprising that this outdated arrangement has not yet been dispensed with, as there are considerable financial implications at stake. The following points briefly explain why a net pay agreement is disadvantageous to all domestic employees

  • The Government regularly increases the personal tax-free allowances and has cut the basic rate of income tax several times in recent years. If you have a net pay deal your employer does not have to pass any of the savings on to you. Only if you are on a gross wage will you automatically receive the benefit of any cuts by paying less tax and NI
  • A gross wage enables you to compare your salary with any other type of employee in the UK, thereby giving you an opportunity to assess your earning power and consider your career options.
  • A gross wage agreement is also essential if you want a to get a personal loan or a mortgage, as the figure the bank or building society will be interested in is your gross salary. Similarly, if you want to make sure you are being paid the National Minimum Wage, you need to know what your gross salary is
  • As long as net-wage agreements remain the norm the number of domestic workers with incorrectly declared salaries will continue to soar, and you will ultimately lose out as your statutory entitlements will be affected