What NIC rises may mean for your practice

From 6 April 2022, the rate of national insurance paid on earned income is set to increase by 1.25% as part of a package of measures being introduced by the Government to fund the costs of social care and the NHS.

‍Employees, employers, and the self-employed will also pay more from 6 April 2022 with National Insurance Contributions (NICs) on earned income set to rise by 1.25% from April 2022. 

The effects of the increase can be shown as follows: 


Current yearly NIC payment

The increase from April 2022










From April 2023, once HMRC's systems are updated, the 1.25% Health and Social Care Levy will be formally separated out and will also apply to individuals working above State Pension age and NIC rates will return to their 2021/22 levels.

Self-employed partners

The impact of the rise will not be felt until the tax payment is due on 31 January 2024. Partners though, do need to amend their tax savings from this April to ensure a reserve is built up to cover the rise. Unlike a tax, national insurance is paid on your income before pension deductions are paid, so the impact may be more than you think.

Employed staff

Staff will pay the increased rate on all income above £9880 per annum. At a time when household costs are increasing, this may be another squeeze on people’s budgets. It’s worthwhile reminding staff in advance that this rise is coming through.

As employers, the employer rate is also increasing by 1.25% from April, meaning the cost of employing staff will increase. It is hoped that commissioners will fund any increase through a change in practice funding but until we see what the GP contract looks like for 2022-23, we will have to wait to assess the full impact.

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