NIC credits (or "credited earnings") can be claimed by people in need, including: retirement, unemployment, maternity and disability.
They are granted either to maintain a contributions record, or to those applying for benefits whose contribution record is only slightly short of the requirements for those benefits. In the latter case, they are unavailable to fill "gaps" in past years in contribution records for some benefits.
If you are ill and unable to work for a period more than four consecutive days and less than 28 weeks, your employer is required to pay Statutory Sick Pay. To receive the benefit, you must tell your employer that you are sick and if asked by your employer, provide some form of medical evidence, from the eighth day of your illness
The standard rate is £79.15 a week. The benefit will be paid like your regular pay on payday.
Maternity pay is designed to allow the mother to take time off work to have a child. All female employees are entitled to 52 weeks of maternity leave (Statutory Maternity Pay - SMP). Additional, unpaid leave may also be requested. The partner of the pregnant woman is also entitled to two weeks leave (paid at either 90 percent of his salary or £128.73 - April 2011).
The employer must pay the first six weeks at 90 percent of salary. The next 33 weeks are paid at either 90 percent of your salary or £128.73 - whichever is lower. The remaining is unpaid. Some employer may offer better rates, such as full pay for the first 6 months.
Child Benefit is a tax-free payment(usually paid every month) that you can claim for your children. Payments usually stop when the child reaches 16, unless they are in education or training that counts for Child Benefit.
|Weekly rate - 6 April 2011|
|Child Benefit for first child||£20.30|
|Child Benefit for other children||£13.40|
You should claim Child Benefit by completing form CH2 which you can get from the Child Benefit Office, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) Enquiry Centres or Jobcentre Plus offices. You can download this form from the HMRC website at:
When you claim Child Benefit, you will have to provide your national insurance number, or information to help the office find your number. If you do not have a national insurance number, send the form in anyway, to avoid delays.
Employees accept job offers not only upon the salary, but on the benefits that accompany many positions. Employee benefits are a "job perk" that may convince a potential employee to join a specific company. Evaluate what benefits are valuable to you when looking for a package.
To convince an employee to go abroad, there may be additional benefits to help ease the transition. The most common is an increase in salary.
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