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Apprenticeships and the Levy - Facts

  • Any UK employer, in any sector, with a pay bill of more than £3 million per year is liable to pay the levy
  • The levy will be 0.5% of the pay bill, paid through PAYE
  • There is an allowance of £15,000 to offset against levy liability
  • Employers will be paid a top-up of 10% of their levy back by the government.

Read our Employers’ Guide to New Apprenticeships and the Levy


Try our levy calculator below:

Once you know how much you will be paying in to the levy, we can help you get the best out of the deal. If your payroll is less than £3 million a year, you can still hire apprentices!

Total Payroll (£):

0.5% levy charge: 75000

Less £15,000 allowance: 60000

10% top up to your Levy charge: 6000

If each apprentice costs £15,000 over 3 years (on average), this equals £5,000 per apprentice per year. With the allowance and top up value of £66,000 you would get value for money by hiring 12 apprentices.