Telford & Wrekin Council is advertising vacancies for five new apprentices at the council on the minimum apprentice wage of £2.65 per hour.
In the last general election, the Labour Party made a manifesto pledge to bring in a living wage yet here is a Labour-run council paying apprentices just £92.60 per week. Who can live on £92.60 per week (£4,815.20 per year)?
The council has just started advertising for an Assistant Director of Childrens’ Services on an £82,304 salary. That would pay for 17 apprentices at £2.65 per hour. The Director of Childrens’ Services is a part time job with a full time wage (£109,600 per year) so quite why they need a an Assistant Director is a mystery. That salary could pay for nine apprentices on the full minimum wage for 18-20 year old’s of £4.98 per hour or seven apprentices at the national minimum wage of £6.19 per hour.
It’s great that the council are committed to taking on and training young people through apprenticeships but paying them £2.65 per hour just smacks of exploitation and considering Labour’s promises on the minimum wage, it’s more than a little hypocritical.
UKIP Telford & Wrekin’s local manifesto includes a policy for reducing the senior staff wage bill, spending the money saved on improving services and raising the wages of low-paid staff.