Key employment-related extracts from the Conservative manifesto

We (the Conservative party) will:

  • Extend the entitlement to leave for unpaid carers, the majority of whom are women, to one week.
  • Raise the threshold at which individuals pay National Insurance to £9,500 in the first Budget and, later, to £12,500.
  • Raise the national living wage to £10.50 an hour by 2024 for those over the age of 21.
  • Create a single enforcement body and crack down on any employer abusing employment law, whether by taking workers’ tips or refusing them sick pay.
  • Ensure that workers have the right to request a more predictable contract and other reasonable protections.
  • Encourage flexible working and consult on making it the default unless employers have good reasons not to.
  • Legislate to allow parents to take extended leave for neonatal care, to support those new mothers and fathers who need it during the most vulnerable and stressful days of their lives. And we will look at ways to make it easier for fathers to take paternity leave.


  • A number of workers, disproportionately women, who earn between £10,000 and £12,500 have been missing out on pension benefits because of a loophole affecting people with net pay pension schemes. We will conduct a comprehensive review to look at how to fix this issue.

And from the Queen’s speech of 19 December 2019:
“Measures will be brought forward to encourage flexible working to introduce the entitlement to leave for unpaid carers.”