How Apprentice Wages Change During An Apprenticeship

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A number of clients have been taking advantage of the Government funding available when employing apprentices and we’ve had some enquiries into how much an apprentice should be paid. Payments are dependent upon their level of training and their age as follows:
  • Apprentices aged 16 to 18 are entitled to the special apprenticeship wage of £2.60 per hour irrespective of what year of training they are in.

  • When an apprentice turns 19 and has been studying for more than a year, their rate increases to £4.98 per hour.

  • If they are 19 but only in their first year of training they will be paid £2.60 per hour for the first year and thereafter are entitled to the minimum wage rate for their age bracket.
It’s important to keep a diary of birthdays as they must receive the increase as soon as they reach 19 years of age. You will be required to pay back pay if you miss a birthday. The minimum wage for apprentices will increase from 1st October, 2012 to £2.65 per hour.

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