How much do apprentices get paid?

It's important that apprentices get to know their rights from day one. As an apprentice you have the same rights as other employees, apprenticeships are classed as paid employment.

Just like other employees the rate paid to apprentices varies between different sectors (e.g. Hair and Beauty, Engineering, Retail etc) it also varies by region and between different employers.

Apprentices are entitled to pay

The government each year specifies a minimum wage that employers must pay their apprentices. The minimum wage rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over who are in their first year.

All other apprentices are entitled to national minimum wage rates for their age. Wage rates during your apprenticeship should increase incrementally as you develop your skills levels and knowledge.

Unionlearn recognises that these rules are complicated and can appear confusing so we have developed a simple calculator to help you check your pay.

The Governments published rates for national minimum wages can be found at

Your hourly rate is payment for the work you do in your contracted hours, including time spent on training and learning your job. In addition you may be entitled to over time for extra work you do depending on your contract.

Negotiating better pay

Generally trade unions negotiate pay rates well above national minimums.

Using unionlearn's simple calculator, apprentices can find out what their minimum wage is per hour, and then check their pay matches up.

Know your rights don’t let your pay slip.