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Introduction of National Minimum Wage increases for Apprentices

Introduction of National Minimum Wage increases for Apprentices
Monday, 05 April 2010 23:00

In a surprise announcement the Government have accepted the Low Pay Commission's (LPC) recommendation to introduce a new apprentice minimum wage of £2.50 per hour from October 2010.

LPC Chairman David Norgrove said: ""We are pleased that the government has again accepted the Commission's recommendations. The introduction of an apprentice rate marks an important extension to minimum wage protection across the UK.""

The new rate will apply to those apprentices who are under 19 or those that are aged 19 and over but in the first year of their apprenticeship.

Business Minister, Pat McFadden said: I'm also glad to see the LPC recognising the significant contribution that apprentices make to the economy. I hope this will encourage more people to take advantage of this opportunity and invest in their skills by taking up an apprenticeship."

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