Any questions? National Minimum Wage for apprentices
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Question: My son turned 18 in August 2017, and also started his second year of his apprenticeship what should he be getting paid per hour?
Answer: Please note that the Tax Guide for Students website is written and run by the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) to provide tax information to students and their advisers. LITRG is an initiative of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT) to give a voice to the unrepresented taxpayer.
We do not offer an advice service, but we give below some general information on what the NMW position is for apprentices.
The current NMW rates are:
|Age|| From 1 April 2017 (current)
Rate per hour
| From 1 October 2016
Rate per hour
|25 and over (National Living Wage from 1 April 2016)||£7.50||£7.20|
|21 and over||£7.05||£6.95|
|18 to 20||£5.60||£5.55|
(all apprentices under age 19 AND any apprentice, regardless of age, in first year of apprenticeship)
As your son is under 19 then he will still be on the apprentice’s NMW rate, even though he is in his second year of his apprenticeship. The NMW for your son is currently £3.50 per hour. However, when your son turns 19 his NMW rate will change to £5.60 per hour as he has also completed one year of his apprenticeship.
There are examples showing how the NMW is applied to apprentices on our website.
There is also more information available on our National Minimum Wage factsheet.