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National Minimum Wage for apprentices

The National Minimum Wage (NMW) for apprentices is £2.68 per hour. Wage rates for roles within the Agricultural sector may differ from the minimum wage.

However, as skills develop, many employers tend to increase wages – in fact, research has found that apprentices earn an average of £170 net pay per week.

The apprentice NMW applies to all 16 to 18 year olds, on an Intermediate Level or Advanced Level Apprenticeship and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Intermediate Level or Advanced Level Apprenticeship. The Apprenticeship National Minimum Wage rate does not apply to Higher Apprenticeships.

If the apprentice is aged 19 and / or has completed the first year of their Apprenticeship, the employer must pay the NMW appropriate for their age.

A breakdown of wage rates is available on the GOV.UK website

The NMW rates are reviewed each year by the Low Pay Commission. Past NMW rates can be viewed on the Low Pay Commission website.

For further information on the apprentice NMW please view our Employer and Apprentice Q&As;

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Last Updated: 18/11/2013

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