National minimum wage for apprentices to increase

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07 / 9 / 2015 5.06pm

The national minimum wage for apprentices will rise to £3.30 an hour from 1 October 2015.

This rise represents an increase of 57p an hour and is higher than what the low pay commission proposed who reviewed the wage rates for young people aged 16 to 20.

This will be welcomed by young people moving into apprenticeships but the rate is still below the national minimum wage for under 18s in employment.

The skills funding agency are aware that apprenticeship vacancies are competing in a market where businesses pay higher rates of pay at, or around, the national minimum wage for under 18s. However, vacancies that offer a higher rate of pay in the short-term will appear more attractive to jobseekers.

Read more about the government announcement which is the largest ever increase in the national minimum wage for apprentices.

Apprenticeships and traineeships within the NHS remain a cost-effective means of creating a skilled and flexible workforce. To find out more visit Apprenticeships and traineeships. 

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