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Sexism in apprentices’ pay structure?

Male apprentices earn on average 8% more than their female colleagues according to the Young Women’s Trust.

The Trust wants urgent action to ‘make apprenticeships work for women’. From an employment law perspective, it could also mean challenges under sex discrimination.

In their report the Trust found that on average male apprentices earn £7.25 per hour and women earn £6.67 per hour, meaning a difference of almost £1000 over a year. 

In addition to pay equality, the Trust wants the government to increase apprentices’ minimum wage, interest-free maintenance loans to be introduced, and childcare support and state aid to be readily available.

It is therefore advisable to check that you have no gender bias in apprentices’ pay.