National minimum wage

A new National Minimum Wage for apprentices was introduced on 1 October 2010. The wage applies to all apprentices aged under 19; and apprentices aged 19 or over in the first year of their Apprenticeship. have been supplying Hardware & Ironmongery products to the trade & public since 1955.

Wages, salaries and payroll are all of the costs of being "in business." The end of the month is often a stressful time for SME owners who are faced with increasing Ni contributions etc. One cost that many businessmen and women forgo is that of not only protecting their staff from injury but also protecting the business by covering the loss of a key individual.

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The apprentice minimum wage is £2.50 per hour and applies to time working, plus time spent training solicitors that is part of the Apprenticeship. Employers are be free to pay above the new wage and many do so, but employers must ensure that they are paying their apprentices at least the minimum wage.

MPs have been legally advised that they could be breaking national minimum wage legislation by taking on unpaid interns, according to reports.