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Motor apprentices to be more than £1,000 better off after minimum wage rise


Motor industry apprentices will be more than £1,000 better off following the latest rise in the National Minimum Wage.

The apprentice rate, paid to all apprentices in year one and 16-18 year olds in any year of their apprenticeship, has gone up by 57 pence to £3.30.

The boost for apprentices is the largest ever and means that those working 40 hours a week will now have £1,185 more in their pay packet over the year.

By implementing a rate higher than the Low Pay Commission’s (LPC) recommendation apprenticeships will deliver a wage that is comparable to other choices for work.

The NMW rate for adult workers has risen by 20 pence from £6.50 to £6.70 per hour.

The 3% increase in the adult rate is the biggest real increase since 2006 and moves the NMW closer to the average wage than ever before. The new rate means that a full time employee, working 40 hours, will see the largest cash increase in their annual pay packets since 2008.

Business secretary Sajid Javid said: “As a one nation Government we are making sure that every part of Britain benefits from our growing economy and today more than 1.4 million of Britain’s lowest-paid workers will be getting a well-deserved pay rise.

“The increase for apprentices is the largest in history making sure that apprenticeships remain an attractive option for young people. While the National Minimum Wage will see the largest real-terms increase since 2007.”

The NMW rate for 18 to 20 year olds has increased by 17 pence to £5.30 per hour and the rate for 16 to 17 year olds has risen by 8 pence to £3.87 per hour.

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