News: January 2015
2015/16 National Insurance rates
There will be no increase in the rates of national insurance contributions (NICs) for employers, employees nor the Class 4 rate for the self-employed for 2015/16, although the thresholds will be increased.
Employee contributions will be payable at 12% on earnings between £155 per week and £815 per week and 13.8% employers contributions will start at £156 per week instead of £153 for 2014/15. The £2,000 employment allowance will continue to be deductible from employers’ NIC for 2015/16.
The Class 2 NIC weekly contribution for the self-employed increases to £2.80 from 2015/16.
No employer NICs for the under 21s and apprentices
As previously announced, from April 2015 employers NIC for those under the age of 21 will be abolished. This exemption will not apply to those earning more than the Upper Earnings Limit (UEL), Employers NIC will be charged as normal beyond this limit.
In addition, to encourage apprenticeships there will be no employers NIC payable in respect of wages paid to apprentices under the age of 25 from 6 April 2016.