Apprentice minimum wage up 5p

The government has increased the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rate for apprentices to £2.65.

It comes following recommendations by the independent Low Pay Commission’s (LPC) recommendations and will come into effect on October 1.

However, the NMW rates for 16 to 20-year-olds will remain the same.

Confirmation of the new rates is as follows:

  • The adult rate will increase by 11p to £6.19 an hour
  • The rate for 18-20 year olds will remain at £4.98 an hour
  • The rate for 16-17 year olds will remain at £3.68 an hour and
  • The rate for apprentices will increase by 5p to £2.65 an hour.

Business secretary Vince Cable said: “I believe that the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission strike the right balance between pay and jobs, and have therefore accepted all the rate recommendations.

“The Low Pay Commission has done a good job in difficult circumstances.

“In these tough times freezing the youth rates has been a very hard decision – but raising the youth rates would have been of little value to young people if it meant it was harder for them to get a job in the long run.”

Chair of the LPC David Norgrove said: “The Commission was again unanimous, despite all the economic uncertainties and the different pressures on low-paid workers and businesses.

“We believe we have struck the right balance between the needs of these workers and the challenges faced by employers.”