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The Apprenticeship Minimum Wage

The government sets a minimum amount that anyone employed as an employee or worker must get paid on average for the hours they work. This is called the National Minimum Wage (NMW) or the National Living Wage (NLW) for those aged 25 or over.

On Friday 1 April 2022 the Apprenticeship Minimum Wage will increase from £4.30 to £4.81 per hour and all employers will need to ensure that wages for current apprentices are changed to reflect the new legal requirement.

The National Minimum Wage for apprentices applies to 16-18 year old apprentices and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. For all other apprentices, the National Minimum Wage appropriate to their age applies.

The following wages will also increase on Friday 1 April 2022:


Age Current hourly rate until Thursday 31 March 2022 New hourly rate from Friday 1 April 2022
Apprentice £4.30 £4.81
Workers aged under 18 £4.62 £4.81
Workers aged 18 – 20 £6.56 £6.83
Workers aged 21 – 24 £8.36 £9.18
The National Living Wage for workers aged 23 and over £8.91 £9.50

Visit www.gov.uk for more information about the National Minimum Wage.

Last updated: 25th May 2023

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