National Insurance rate change

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On the 6 January 2024 the National Insurance rate for millions of UK workers was cut from 12% to 10%.

This  brings the main rate to its lowest level for more than twenty years. It applies to the Employees’ Class 1 National Insurance Contribution (NIC). The Employers’ NIC rates remain unchanged.

Further cuts

From April 2024, there are two more changes:

> Class 4 NIC paid by the self-employed on profits between £12,570 and £50,270 is to be cut from 9% to 8%;

> Class 2 NIC, paid by the self-employed on profits above £6,725, is to be abolished from 6 April 2024.  It should be noted that those self-employed making profits above £6,725 will not need to make voluntary payments to maintain benefits entitlements (including the state pension), those with profits under £6,725 and others who pay Class 2 NICs voluntarily will continue to be able to do so.

These changes were announced in last year’s Autumn Statement with a plan to  ‘unlock investment, reward work and grow our economy’.


Read more on our latest National Insurance factsheet.

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Our team are able to help if you would like advice about these or other changes coming into force in the first part of 2024.