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Why the apprentice minimum wage is ‘exploitative’

By Dexter Hutchings, January 7, 2020 An increase in the national minimum wage for apprentices sounds like good news and is a step in the right direction, but for many people struggling to live on these appallingly low rates, it’s little more than a sop. Employers can currently pay apprentices aged under 19 or those in the first year of their apprenticeship just £3.90 per hour. In April it will increase by 6.4 percent to £4.15, giving apprentices working a 40-hour week an annual salary of just £8,632. The apprentice minimum wage is exploitative and too low to cover basic living costs. The Apprentice Voice report, published in October ...