National Insurance Changes 2023/24: Cutting through the Confusion

At Intelligent Payroll, we’re all about making complex things crystal clear – especially when it comes to your business’s bottom line. And let’s face it, navigating the recent National Insurance (NI) changes has been anything but transparent. So, ditch the jargon and listen up, because we’re here to break it down for you.

The Headlines: As of January 6th, the main rate of Class 1 employee NI contributions dropped from 12% to 10%. That might sound simple, but the devil’s in the details.

Here’s what it means for you:

  • For most employees: Expect to see a welcome boost in your take-home pay! This change puts an extra £570 in the pockets of a full-time worker earning £30,000 per year. Not bad, eh?
  • Payroll providers: Buckle up! Updating systems mid-tax year is no picnic. We at Intelligent Payroll saw this coming – our systems were upgraded months ago, ensuring a smooth transition and no headaches for our clients.
  • Employers with directors: There’s a bit more to unpack here. Directors earning above the Upper Earnings Limit need their NI contributions recalculated to account for the blended rate. Don’t worry, our experts are on top of it, and we’ve got dedicated resources to guide you through.


Important: The Employer’s National Insurance Rate of 13.8% above the Secondary Threshold remains unchanged.

What about the bigger picture? This temporary tax cut is a welcome move, but it’s important not to get too cosy. The government hasn’t promised it’ll be permanent, and there’s still talk of reforms to the entire NI system. That’s why staying informed and working with a trusted payroll partner like Intelligent Payroll is crucial.

Remember: At Intelligent Payroll, we’re more than just number crunchers. We’re your payroll allies, navigating the ever-changing landscape and keeping your business compliant and financially healthy. So, ditch the stress, let us handle the heavy lifting, and focus on what you do best – running your business.

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For more information, contact us today or book a demo.


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