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January 31, 2024

Get Prepared: 2024 National Insurance Contribution Changes Explained

The 2024 National Insurance Update: Essential Information The UK government's Autumn Statement in November 2023 brings a significant change effective from 6th January 2024. The Class 1 employee National Insurance contributions rate will decrease from 12% to 10%. This adjustment is crucial for payroll calculations. Thresholds and Benefits for Employees Starting January 2024 Starting from […]

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September 23, 2019

How to Avoid a PAYE Penalty

Thank you for clicking on the link.  We’ll keep this article short, so here goes…. What is RTI and how do you get a penalty? RTI stands for Real Time Information.  First introduced in April 2013 and is a way for employers to notify HM Revenue & Customs how much they owe in income tax, […]

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October 4, 2017

What are qualifying earnings for Auto Enrolment?

What are qualifying earnings for Auto Enrolment? In a nutshell qualifying earnings are the minimum contribution requirement for an auto enrolment scheme and is based on a band of earnings called qualifying earnings (QEs).  This band is currently between £5,876 and £45,000 for 2017/18 and they’re expected to change each year. We’ve based this article […]

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January 31, 2017

Employer Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Employer Guide to Apprenticeships and Traineeships The business benefits The benefits of apprenticeships and traineeships are becoming increasingly obvious to more and more businesses.  It’s a fact that apprenticeships develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce. Businesses that offer apprenticeships view them as beneficial to their long-term development.  According to the British Chambers of Commerce, […]

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January 30, 2017

Tax-Free Childcare

Tax-Free Childcare Tax-Free Childcare launches for parents from early 2017 as a new Government scheme to help working families with their childcare costs. The scheme will allow eligible parents to open online childcare accounts to make payments direct to their registered childcare providers. For every £8 parents pay in to these accounts, the Government will […]

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