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The Apprentice: would you pay more?

posted by 3 years ago in News

After weeks of backstabbing and gruelling tasks some may consider it fair enough that the hired candidate in  Sir Alan Sugar’s TV show ‘The Apprentice’ is handed an impressive investment sum! It would seem that the majority of UK employers would agree that the right candidate is worth paying for. New research has revealed that a massive 92 per cent have said that they’re willing to pay more than typical apprentice wages, provided they are matched with the right individual.

Ryan Longmate, managing director of Positive Outcomes who carried out the research, said:

“The combined research findings have certainly thrown up an interesting suggestion. That, despite young people thinking otherwise, employers are open minded when it comes to pay and that, should the right candidate come along, they’re willing to pay more than the standard wage.”

He continued:

“A key part of the service we offer is to match the right candidate to the right opportunity. We pride ourselves on sourcing apprentices who are well fitted to their prospective employer. Consequently, you will often find that firms recognise the abilities on offer from their apprentice and are subsequently willing to offer them a better wage than the apprentice may initially have anticipated.”

Employers were also quizzed about how much they’d pay apprentices once they’d qualified and it was found that 60 per cent of post apprenticeship employers would pay between £12,000 and £18,000 as a starting salary for an apprenticeship qualified employee.

Ryan Longmate said:

“The minimum wage for 18-20 year olds per hour in the UK is £5.30. When taken as an annual salary, based on a 37.5 hour week, this equates to around £10,300 per year. Our research suggests then that the vast majority of employers are willing to pay considerably more than that for an apprenticeship qualified employee.”

He added:

“It just goes to show that completing an apprenticeship is an excellent way to take several steps up the career ladder at a very young age.”

100 UK employers were questioned for the study over their attitudes towards apprentices in the run-up to the GCSE and A-Level results days.