Minimum wage law change may affect apprentices

The minimum wage may soon be applied to apprentices under new government proposals.

Employment minister Pat McFadden has asked the low pay commission to consider amending the current rules to extend this pay provision to those who are on apprenticeships.

At present such workers who are aged under 19 or in their first year as apprentices are not covered by the law.

Should the rules be changed, this could have an impact on those running businesses, who could face extra staffing costs.

The rates at which the minimum wage is paid will be raised from October 22nd, it was announced last month.

Employees aged 22 or over will see an increase of 7p per hour to £5.80, with rises of 6p to £4.83 for 18 to 21-year-olds and 4p to £3.57 for 16 and 17-year-olds.

Written by Rachel Crook

Published on: June 16, 2009

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