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National Minimum Wage

National Minimum Wage for apprentices

As we work with our clients to provide them with suitable apprentices, we often encounter confusion regarding the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices. This post aims to remove that confusion…

Anyone in the first 12 months of an apprenticeship scheme regardless of age can be paid the National Minimum Wage for an Apprentice which currently stands at £3.50 per hour. If after 12 months on programme the apprentice is still under 19, you can continue to pay from £3.50 per hour. We’d like to think that this scenario would be pretty rare as your apprentice should have proven that they are worth more than this level by now. Should the apprentice be over 19 at this point, they are legally entitled to the full National Minimum Wage for their age. Depending on age the rates differ, so here’s a table taken straight from the Government’s website

Current rates

These rates are for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. The rates change every April.

Year 25 and over 21 to 24 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice
April 2017 £7.50 £7.05 £5.60 £4.05 £3.50

Apprentices

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they’re either:

  • aged under 19
  • aged 19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship

Example An apprentice aged 22 in the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £3.50

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they both:

  • are aged 19 or over
  • have completed the first year of their apprenticeship

Example An apprentice aged 22 who has completed the first year of their apprenticeship is entitled to a minimum hourly rate of £7.05.

Clarification

We hope that clarifies the subject for you. If you’re still unsure you can always call us on 01484 90 70 80 or write to adrian.bird@theapprenticefinder.com

 

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