National Insurance

Current National Insurance Rates

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RATES – CLASS 1 EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Thresholds (per week)
Lower earnings limit (LEL) (employees and employers) £118 £120 £120
Primary threshold (PT) (employees) £166 £183 £184
Secondary threshold (ST) (employers) £166 £169 £170
Upper earnings limit (UEL) (employees only) £962 £962 £967
Upper secondary threshold (UST) for under 21s (employers) £962 £962 £967
Apprentice upper secondary threshold (AUST) for under 25s (employers) £962 £962 £967
RATES – CLASS 1 EMPLOYER AND EMPLOYEE 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22
Employee rates
Earnings below LEL 0% 0% 0%
Earnings between LEL and PT 0% 0% 0%
Earnings between PT and UEL 12% 12% 12%
Married woman’s reduced rate, earnings between PT and UEL 5.85% 5.85% 5.85%
Deferred rate for certain employees with more than one job 2% 2% 2%
Earnings above UEL 2% 2% 2%
Employer rates
Earnings below ST, UST or AUST 0% 0% 0%
Above ST, UST or AUST 13.8% 13.8% 13.8%
Employment allowance
Employment allowance (EA) – annual allowance, per business – offset against employer’s Class 1 NICs £3,000 £3,000 £4,000
Other employer rates
Class 1A – on employer-provided benefits-in-kind 13.8% 13.8% 13.8%
Class 1B – on PAYE settlement agreements 13.8% 13.8% 13.8%

Termination payments
From April 2018, employer NICs will be due on termination payments above £30,000 that are already subject to income tax.
The first £30,000 of a termination payment will remain exempt from income tax and the full payment will be outside the scope of employee NICs.