Responding to the publication of the government’s apprenticeship pay survey, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills Liam Byrne MP said:

“These figures show the cold facts behind the government’s warm words on apprenticeships. Almost a quarter of young apprentices are paid less than the minimum wage. This Tory-led coalition lacks a proper plan to build real earn-while-you-learn routes that lead to to decent jobs."


  • The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills published the 2014 Apprenticeship Pay Survey on 18th December
  • Figures from the survey showed that 15% of apprentices at Level 2 and Level 3 were paid below the appropriate national minimum wage (NMW).
  • Younger apprentices were more likely to be earning less than the NMW, with nearly a quarter (24%) of Level 2 and Level 3 16-18 year olds paid below NMW.