Apprentices are now experiencing the biggest wage increase in nearly ten years, with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) hiking the minimum apprenticeship pay packet up to £3.30 an hour.
The whole country is experiencing an increase in wages, with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) for regular employees rising to £6.70 for those 21 and over.
The 3% increase in the adult rate is the biggest real increase to an apprenticeship wage since 2008.
‘‘As a one nation government we are making sure that every part of Britain benefits from our growing economy and today more than 1.4 million of Britain’s lowest-paid workers will be getting a well-deserved pay rise,’’ said business secretary Sajid Javid.
‘‘The increase for apprentices is the largest in history making sure that apprenticeships remain an attractive option for young people. While the National Minimum Wage will see the largest real-terms increase since 2007.’’
From the start of October, apprentices will be able to gain the following wages:
- Adult rate will increase by 20 pence to £6.70 per hour
- The rate for 18 to 20 year olds will increase by 17 pence to £5.30 per hour
- 16 to 17 year olds will earn £3.87 per hour
- The apprentice rate will increase by 57 pence to £3.30 per hour
- Accommodation offset wage will increase from the current £5.08 to £5.35