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information for domestic workers

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.

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If you become pregnant and you have been working for the same employer for 26 weeks (i.e. six months) or more prior to the 'notification week’, you will qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP). The 'notification week' is 15 weeks before the baby is due. If you qualify for SMP then it is your employer’s statutory obligation to pay it.

The actual period of maternity leave can begin any time after 14 weeks before the baby is due, but the maternity pay period will not commence until the 11th week before the due date.

SMP is payable for a maximum period of 39 weeks. The first six weeks of SMP are at 9/10ths of average gross weekly earnings (which you will receive net of tax and employee's NI). The remaining weeks of the maternity pay period (up to a maximum of 33 weeks) qualify for maternity pay at the current SMP rate or continue at 9/10ths of the average gross earnings, whichever is the lower. Please see the rate and thresholds page for up-to-date SMP rates.

Because your employer is classed as a small employer they can usually reclaim all the costs involved. You should provide your employer with a Maternity Certificate (MATB1) for this purpose. The MATB1 is issued 20 weeks before the baby's due date, and you can ask your doctor or midwife for it. Stafftax will calculate and apply to HMRC on your employer's behalf to receive the SMP rebate. We will also issue payslips for you throughout the period of your maternity leave, showing SMP paid and any Tax and NI deductions.

You should advise your employer during your Notification Week of when you intend to start your maternity leave. However you can change this date providing 28 days notice is given in writing. To qualify for SMP, you do not have to intend to return to work after your baby is born.

All domestic employees have a right to return to work on the same terms as you were previously employed. If you are not returning to work then Stafftax will send you a P45 at the end of your period of SMP. You are technically still employed until then. If you want to return, you are entitled to an additional 13 weeks unpaid leave before returning to work.