Apprentices awarded 20% pay increase


Pay for apprentices will rise by a fifth from October after the government ignored advice from the Low Pay Commission. David Cameron and Nick Clegg announced a 20% rise in pay for apprentices to £3.30 an hour, well above the 2.6% increase suggested by the commission. They also confirmed a 3% rise in the national minimum wage to £6.70 an hour – the biggest real-terms increase since 2007. One Liberal Democrat adviser said Business Secretary Vince Cable had pushed hard for the apprentices' wage rise. 'We were very keen on this, we believe apprenticeships have been a success story of our government and we believe it will continue to be so: this increase will make a huge difference to young people,' the source said. But the CBI expressed disappointment at the rejection of the commission's recommendation on apprentice pay.


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