How much do apprentices get paid?
"I've been a member of my union for roughly two years and they have already been a big help and are very enthusiastic about apprentices furthering their education whilst at work." - Shipbuilding apprentice
This information is designed for use by apprentices. If you are a union rep, see Pay for apprentices in our information and resources for union reps.
Apprentices are entitled to pay
Pay is one of the things to which apprentices are entitled, do you know them all? What are apprentices entitled to?
The amount paid to employed apprentices, as for all employees, is negotiated with the employer. Pay rates vary between sectors, regions and between different employers. Your union can help in negotiating pay rates.
Apprenticeship national minimum wage
There is an Apprenticeships national minimum wage (NMW) in the UK which applies to all 16 to 18 year olds and to those aged 19 and over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. The current rate is £3.30 per hour as of October 2015 (this rate is for apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year. All other apprentices are entitled to the National Minimum Wage for their age). More information is available from the GOV.UK website.
This is subject to an annual review and will rise to £3.40 from October 2016.
Apprenticeship Pay Survey
However, unions generally negotiate pay rates well above the national minimum wage . The Apprenticeship Pay Survey 2014 found that across Level 2 and 3 apprentices in Great Britain, the mean total weekly earnings was £257 (median: £238): this includes basic pay plus paid overtime, tips from customers and bonuses. Weekly earnings above the average for Level 2 and 3 apprentices were also found among male apprentices (£275; median: £250) and those aged 25 or above (£315; median: £290).