How Much Do I Have To Pay An Apprentice I Hire Today?


Are you thinking of hiring an apprentice? The question I get asked most often by potential employers is ‘How much do I have to pay?”. The easy answer for me is to say, “Call FairWork or go onto their website”. But thats not very helpful! So I have just gone through the Fair Work Ombudsman Pay Rate Calculator so you don’t have to! A word of warning, this is a guide only. If you have apprentices hired before today 01/07/16, the rates may be different. If your apprentice works underground, or has irregular work hours, the rate may be different. For now, you can download the rates by clicking this link for Junior Apprentice Rates BRICKLAYERS ONLY or this link for TILERS & PLASTERERS Junior Apprentice Rates excluding Brick,

In summary:

Version 2BRICKLAYERS ONLY
1st year apprentice without yr 12 = $11.74/hr or $446.09/wk
1st year apprentice with yr 12 = $12.78/hr or $485.65/wk

2nd year apprentice without yr 12 = $13.82/hr or $525.19/wk
2nd year apprentice with yr 12 = $14.86/hr or $564.75/wk

3rd year apprentice with or without yr 12 = $16.94/hr or $643.85/wk

4th year apprentice with or without yr 12 = $20.07/hr or $762.49/wk

fcta_00-26TILERS & PLASTERERS:
1st year apprentice without yr 12 = $11.17/hr or $424.48/wk
1st year apprentice with yr 12 = $12.21/hr or $464.04/wk

2nd year apprentice without yr 12 = $13.25/hr or $503.58/wk
2nd year apprentice with yr 12 = $14.29/hr or $543.14/wk

3rd year apprentice with or without yr 12 = $16.37/hr or $622.24/wk

4th year apprentice with or without yr 12 = $19.50/hr or $740.88/wk

Employers are ultimately responsible for paying their apprentices correctly. To make sure you are, visit https://www.fairwork.gov.au/ or call 13 13 94 and press option 3 for small businesses.

 

Important: Changes to pay rates for apprentices signed up after 01/01/2014


On March 21st 2014 the Fair Work Commission made significant changes to how apprentices are paid. Progression of pay rates is now linked to the amount of competency they achieve at trade school. If apprentices complete more than 25% of their trade school before their contract of training anniversary, they are now to be paid at the 2nd year apprentice rate.

Apprentice Pay Increase Information


Pay increases for new apprentices kick in from 01/01/2014. New apprentices will be paid on average an extra $45 – $145 per week extra. These increases do not apply straight away to existing apprentices. Employers thinking of employing an apprentice would be able to employ an apprentice under existing conditions if employed before 01/01/2014. Further, employers are now required to reimburse apprentices for trade school fees and material/ book costs.