12 April 2023

April 2023 Changes to Employment Tribunal Awards & Statutory Payments

Changes to Employment Tribunal Awards

New rates for Employment Tribunal Awards and Statutory Payments came into effect on April 6th, 2023. Howell Jones employment lawyer, Chloe Baxter, has set out some of the main changes below:

Statutory redundancy payment 

The statutory upper limit on a week’s pay is increasing to £643 (increased from £571).

The maximum statutory redundancy payment will therefore be £19,290 (increased from £17,130).

Increase to the limits for unfair dismissal claims

The maximum basic award for an unfair dismissal claim will be £19,290 (increased from £17,130); and

The maximum compensatory award for an unfair dismissal claim will be £105,707 (increased from £93,878).

Compensation for injury to feelings

Where a claim for discrimination is presented to an employment tribunal on or after 6th April 2023, the following compensation for injury to feelings will be applied:

  • Lower Band (less serious cases, for example, an isolated or one-off occurrence) – £1,100 – £11,200
  • Middle Band (serious cases but the circumstances do not fall into the top band) – £11,200 – £33,700
  • Top Band (the most serious cases, for example, where there has been a lengthy discriminatory campaign) – £33,700 – £56,200

Other changes

Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay as well as maternity allowance and parental bereavement pay have increased all to £172.48 per week (increased from £156.66).

Statutory sick pay has increased to £109.40 per week (increased from £99.35).

The National Minimum Wage has also increased, which varies, depending on the age of the employee.


If you require further information in relation to the above changes or any other changes that have come into effect as of 6th April 2023, please contact our employment team at Howell Jones Surrey solicitors.

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