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Apprentices: Pay

Business, Innovation and Skills written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of David Evennett David Evennett Conservative, Bexleyheath and Crayford

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills what the average wage of an apprentice is in each region.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes The Minister for Universities and Science, The Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The most recent survey of apprentices' pay in England was undertaken in 2007, and estimated that the average net pay per week for an apprentice was £170. The report does not provide estimates of average pay by region.

The full report-'Apprenticeship Pay: 2007 Survey of Earnings by Sector'-can be accessed at:

http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/biscore/corporate/migratedD/publications/D/DIUS_RR_08_05

The Department plans to undertake a UK-wide survey of apprenticeship pay this year.

The coalition Government recently strengthened the pay arrangements for apprentices by bringing them within the National Minimum Wage (NMW) framework and ending the exemption from the minimum wage for apprentices. A new minimum pay rate of £2.50 per hour came in from 1 October 2010 and applies to apprentices aged under 19, and those aged 19 and over in the first year of their apprenticeship. Apprentices aged 19 and over who have completed a year on their apprenticeship continue to remain eligible for the full NMW rate appropriate to their age.

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