Wirral Council to pay apprentices the living wage

Wirral Borough Council has become one of the first in the UK to pay apprentices the living wage, following discussions with trade unions.

The move, which will affect 11 apprentices, was agreed by council leader Phil Davies after talks with Union, Unite and GMB. Previously, Wirral was paying between £5.03 and £6.31 per hour, dependent upon age, but now apprentices receive £7.65 per hour, bringing apprenticeship pay in line with that of other council employees.

Councillor Davies commented: “We are delighted to be able to commit to paying our apprentices the living wage that they deserve. I have met many of our apprentices who receive valuable training while working in diverse roles across the authority.

“I have seen first-hand the work they do, and the enthusiasm and commitment they bring to their workplace. I want to see every employer in Wirral working towards paying its employees a living wage.”

He added: “It is not just about paying a fair wage; it is about finding and keeping excellent employees, and demonstrating they are valued.”