Employer survey of apprenticeships

18 December 2014

A Government survey of over 4,000 employers of apprentices shows that most view the experience positively. At the same time the survey reveals a significant incidence of apprentices paid below the appropriate minimum wage.

This research monitors the extent to which apprenticeships are meeting the needs of employers. It also identifies aspects of the programme that are under-performing.

Most employers are satisfied with apprenticeships and see a positive impact on their business from having apprentices.

However the survey also found that around one in seven (14 per cent) apprentices are not receiving the minimum wage they are entitled to, despite the fact that the rates for apprentices are already substantially lower than the main adult rate.

Apprentices aged 16 to 18 years old were more likely to be underpaid, with 24 per cent receiving lower pay than their legal entitlement, according to the survey.

Sectors where more young women tend to work have higher rates of underpayment, including 42 per cent in hairdressing who are paid less than the minimum wage and 26 per cent in childcare.