National Minimum Wage Increase For Apprentices

National Wage Increase For Apprentices

From April 2017, the Apprentice National Minimum Wage increased by 3 per cent from £3.40 to £3.50 an hour for apprentices in their first year.

While many of our employers pay their apprentices above the minimum rate, it is still worth checking that your apprentice’s salary complies with the new National Minimum Wage.

Apprenticeships provide significant productivity benefits to employers and the increase in rates should continue to encourage more young people to consider Apprenticeships as a great career option; although vacancies that offer a higher rate of pay in the short-term are more attractive to jobseekers.

In summary:

Apprentices are entitled to the apprentice rate if they are either:

– Aged under 19
– Aged 19 or over and in the first year of their Apprenticeship

Apprentices are entitled to the minimum wage for their age if they are:

– Aged 19 or over and have completed their first year of their Apprenticeship

The new National Minimum Wage rates for their age group is:

– £5.60 if they are aged 18 or 20
– £7.05 if they are aged 21 to 24

For more information on the new National Minimum Wage rates, please visit

If you have any further questions, please email or call us on 0161 200 1673.