Changes to minimum wage for young people and apprentices

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The national minimum wage is increasing this week – make sure you’re clued up with our guide below.

From Thursday 1 October 2015, the minimum wage you should be paid per hour is:

  • Apprentice*: £3.30
  • Under 18: £3.87
  • 18-20: £5.30
  • 21 and over: £6.70

You’ll need to be at least school leaving age to qualify for the minimum wage.

*This rate applies to apprentices who are aged between 16 and 18, or those who are 19 and over in their first year. All other apprentices should get the national minimum wage for their age.

If you’re thinking of applying for an apprenticeship, have a look at our guide on how much apprentices are paid for some more help and advice.

If you’re looking for a job, our tips on how to get your first job should help to stand you in good stead. Also check out our 15 Saturday job ideas    

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