Stats and stuff

Statistics, statutory entitlements etc

STATUTORY PAY RATES

Qualifying employees will be entitled to:

Redundancy – maximum weekly pay figure for calculating statutory redundancy payments is £380

Maternity – first six weeks at 90% of gross weekly earnings, remaining 33 weeks at the lower of either £124.88 or 90% gross weekly pay

Paternity – maximum of 2 consecutive weeks at the lower of £124.88 or 90% of gross weekly pay

Adoption – maximum of 39 weeks at the lower of either £124.88 or 90% of gross weekly pay

Statutory Sick Pay – £79.15 per week

National Minimum Wage from October 2010

  • £5.93 – the rate for workers aged 21 and over
  • £4.92 – the 18-20 rate
  • £3.64 – the 16-17 rate
  • new minimum wage of £2.50 per hour for apprentices who are either under 19 or in the first year of their apprenticeship

LATEST UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES

The unemployment rate for the three months to June 2010 was 7.8 per cent, down 0.2 on the quarter. The number of unemployed people fell by 49,000 over the quarter to reach 2.46 million. The number of people unemployed for up to twelve months fell by 82,000, to reach 1.66 million. However, the number of people unemployed for more than twelve months increased by 33,000 over the quarter to reach 796,000, the highest figure since the three months to March 1997. Male unemployment fell by 70,000 on the quarter to reach 1.47 million, the largest quarterly fall since 2001, but female unemployment increased by 21,000 on the quarter to reach 985,000.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (the claimant count) fell by 3,800 between June and July 2010 to reach 1.46 million. The number of male claimants fell by 7,100 to reach 1.04 million, but the number of female claimants increased by 3,300 to reach 420,300. The number of people claiming for up to six months increased by 7,200 on the month to reach 903,700. This is the first monthly increase in this series since April 2009.

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