I am getting an increasing and worrying number of questions regarding the pay rates for apprentices under the age of 21, mainly from apprentices who believe that they are being underpaid by their employers.
For Salon Owners
If your apprentice is aged 19 and over you can pay them £2.50 per hour in their first year of apprenticeship only.
If your apprentice is in their second year you must pay them the minimum wage relivant to their age. IE.
Apprentices aged over 19 should be paid the following hourly rates.
20 years of age £ 4.92 per hour
21 years and over £5.93 per hour.
These rates are likely to change in October 2011.