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There are a worrying number of employers across the UK unaware that they are not paying their apprentices the correct minimum wage. We will continue to publish and share all updates relating to wages and changes to the minimum wage. As well as this all of our apprentices within our host employers will receive written confirmation of minimum wage increases.

Please see details on the latest update about minimum wage increase in 2019:

The Apprentice National Minimum Wage will go from £3.70 to £3.90 per hour from the 1st April 2019

All apprentice employers paying minimum wage to their apprentices will be required by law to increase their apprentice’s pay on the 1st April next year.

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) officers have the right to carry out checks at any time and ask to see payment records. They can also investigate employers if a worker complains to them.

If HMRC finds that an employer has not been paying the correct rates, any arrears have to be paid back immediately. There will also be a fine and offenders might be named by the government

We always encourage our clients to pay more than this to attract more candidates as an apprenticeship wage needs to cover their daily travel, food and living expenses.

After 1 year of employment an apprentice aged 19 and over by law should, by law have their wage increased to the National Minimum Wage (or National Living Wage) for their age group:

  • 19 to 20 year olds: currently should be paid £5.90 but increases to £6.15 per hour on April 1st 2019
  • 21 to 24 year olds: currently should be paid £7.38 but increases to £7.70 per hour on April 1st 2019
  • 25 years and above (National Living Wage): currently should be paid £7.83 but increases to £8.21 per hour on April 1st 2019

To summarise from April 1st 2019

Age Year 1 of Apprenticeship After Completion of Year 1

of the Apprenticeship

After Completion of the Apprenticeship
16-18 £3.90/hour £3.90/hour NMW applies
19-20 £3.90/hour £6.15/hour NMW applies
21-24 £3.90/hour £7.70/hour NMW applies
25+ £3.90/hour £8.21/hour NLW applies


Employers of apprentices under the age of 25 are NOT required to pay National Insurance contributions (NICs)

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to get in touch we will be more than happy to help.

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