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National Insurance Contributions
national insurance contributionsthe payments made by employers and their employees to the UK government up to a specified maximum limit. National insurance contributions, together with other government budgetary receipts, are used to finance state pensions, sick pay, jobseekers allowance, etc.
There are currently (2005) four classes of national insurance contributions; Class 1 (employees/employers), Class 2 and 4 (self-employed) and Class 3 (voluntary organizations). Under the most common class, Class 1, contributions are paid by employees at the rate of 11% on weekly earnings between £89 (minimum) and £585 (maximum); employers' contributions are paid at the rate of 12.2% on weekly earnings of employees greater than £84, with no upper limit. See BUDGET (GOVERNMENT), SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS.