Barking and Dagenham Apprentices get a Wage Boost

Apprentices at Barking and Dagenham Council are now eligible for an annual salary increase of almost £10,000, as the organisation continues its commitment to paying its lowest paid staff the London Living Wage.

The increase will see all apprentices, regardless of age and level, paid £10.20 an hour. It will come into immediate effect and will also be backdated to the beginning of the financial year (1 April 2018).

This will result in the organisation’s lowest paid apprentices (level 2) seeing their annual incomes boosted by £9724. Level 3 apprentices will also enjoy an increase of between £4313.40 and £7826 depending on their age.

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham employs 42 apprentices at present (excluding schools), who will now all be paid the 2018 London Living Wage of £10.20 per hour.

‘We want to encourage our residents to be aspirational and help us grow the borough’

Councillor Darren Rodwell, Leader Elect of the Council, said:

“As a council we are committed to paying all our staff a fair wage, and this increase to apprentices’ salaries is further evidence of our determination to do this.

“We are enthusiastic supporters of the apprenticeship programme and are proud to currently employ 42 apprentices in a variety of service areas across the council.

“We want to encourage our residents to be aspirational and help us grow the borough, to ensure no one gets left behind.”

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