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Are you paying your apprentice correctly?

This time last year we wrote an article for our newsletter about the benefits of employing an apprentice.

There are many positives to employing an apprentice... but are you paying them the correctly? Minimum pay rates are set in legislation and details of employers breaching these rules can be published online.

What should you be paying?

If you have an apprentice who is aged 19 or over and has completed the first year of their apprenticeship, they are entitled to the national minimum or living wage rate.

Apprentices aged 19 in their first year of their apprenticeship or those aged 16 to 18 are entitled to at least £5.28 per hour.

To qualify, the apprentice must work towards an approved apprenticeship for at least 12 months and the employer must pay them for time spent training or studying for their apprenticeship.

Further information can be found on

Please get in touch if you need help with your payroll.

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