Apprentice pay (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-10-19
Session date: 
October 19, 2016
Reference: 
2016/4026
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The National Minimum Wage for apprentices aged under 19 or in first year of apprenticeship is £3.30, well below the London Living Wage. Do you agree that apprentices should be paid the London Living Wage?

Answer

Answer for Apprentice pay (1)

Answer for Apprentice pay (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I believe that all hard working Londoners should be fairly rewarded in their pay. While the Living Wage Foundation does not require that accredited Living Wage employers pay apprentices the Living Wage, it is clearly good practice to do so, and as such I would encourage all employers to follow the example that I have set at the GLA, alongside many excellent businesses, and pay their apprentices at least the London Living Wage.