In April 2014 the new ‘Employment Allowance’ will be introduced. This will cut up to £2k off the National Insurance costs incurred by businesses and save employers nearly £5.5 billion across the UK as a whole by the end of the Parliament. This equates to £200 per UK employee.
These savings will also be helped by the abolishment of the National Insurance previously paid by businesses for employees under 21 years of age (from April 2015) and by the increase in the “threshold before an employer has to begin paying National Insurance contributions for employees” (from April 2011).
George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, said:
“Small businesses make a vital contribution to our economy, creating jobs and stimulating growth. The ones I have visited today want to expand, take on new staff and make new investments so the actions we have taken to cut the jobs tax will be a real boost to them.”
He also gave 2 examples of real businesses will be directly helped by the new Employment Allowance: firstly a 2 person business which will see its National Insurance Contributions (‘NIC’) fall to zero and secondly a business, with 9 employees including an apprentice, which will see its NIC bill reduced by one quarter, gaining them the full £2k saving.