In April 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing for all employers and some will be required to contribute to a new apprenticeship levy.

The levy will be charged at a rate of 0.5% of your annual pay bill (wages and salaries). You will have a levy allowance of £15,000 per year and an additional 10% government imbursement to offset against your levy contribution.

You will pay the levy to HM Revenue and Customs through the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) process and can use this money to invest in apprenticeships for your current and future workforce. Any unused credit will expire 24 months after it appears in your account so it is imperative to make the most of your funding.

How much will we have to pay?

We are working with lots of employers to calculate what their monthly contributions will be, how much the government will top up their levy funds and even and tell them if they are exempt. We can offer a comprehensive review of exactly the impact and the opportunity the levy will bring to your business.

Initially employers, in any sector, with a wage bill of over £3 million will start to pay the levy in April 2017; this amount may change in future years.

Below is an example of an employer’s contribution and monthly apprenticeship budget.

Disclaimer This tool is designed to be illustrative only. The actual amount of levy you will pay may vary.

Annual Pay Bill
(Wages & Salary)

(0.5% of Pay Bill)

Minus Allowance

Monthly payment

Top Up (10%)

Monthly Apprenticeship

£7,988,975 £39,945 £24,945 £2,079 £208 £2,287
How can we access our levy funds?
How do we choose the right apprenticeship’s for our business?
What if I am not a levy payer this year?
What should I do now?

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