Apprenticeship minimum wage to rise 20% in October

Mar 17, 2015

Apprenticeship minimum wage to rise 20% in October

Many apprentices will be paid 20% more from October, after the government raised the national minimum wage.

The minimum hourly rate for apprentices is currently £2.73, and from autumn it will rise by 57p to £3.30 per hour. The minimum wage for adults will be £6.70 per hour.

Joe Ballantine, Head of Apprenticeships at Nescot, said: “This is welcome news for our apprentices, who work really hard for their wages.

“We also hope this will be another incentive for people who are thinking about doing an apprenticeship, which is a great way to earn money and get qualifications and work experience at the same time.”

The increase is the largest ever increase in the national minimum wage for apprentices and also halves the gap with the national minimum wage rate for 16 and 17-year-olds, which will be £3.87.

The government also announced it will hold a consultation with businesses on the future of the minimum wage rate for apprentices.

Employers must pay at least the rate set by the government, but beyond that they set their own wages. Some pay much more than the statutory minimum.

The Low Pay Commission reviewed the minimum wages and recommended that the apprentice rate was increased by 2.6% to £2.80 per hour.

You can find more information about the minimum wage here, and more information about studying an apprenticeship or hiring an apprentice on Nescot’s website here.

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