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SRA announces decision on minimum salary for trainees

From 2014 firms will no longer be obliged to pay trainees a minimum salary above the national minimum wage following the decision made by the SRA Board.

After taking into account the views of all stakeholders and a wide variety of evidence, the Board agreed that setting a minimum salary level for trainees above the national minimum wage main rate for employees was not in the public interest – but in order to minimise impact, the change would be introduced in two years’ time.

The change will come into effect on 1 August 2014. After that date the only requirement on employers in terms of trainee salaries will be to pay trainees at least the main rate for employees under the National Minimum Wage Regulations – currently £6.08 an hour.

During the Board’s discussions members admitted they had, individually, spent a long time considering the proposal, as the arguments were so finely balanced. They had given full consideration to the potential diversity issues highlighted by the consultation and Equality Impact Assessment, but concluded that setting a minimum salary was not the best way to address these.

Samantha Barrass, SRA Executive Director, said: "We wish to thank everyone who responded to the consultation, and those who took part in the stakeholder meetings, focus groups, and the online survey for their views and information that were taken into account in reaching this decision.

"This decision was based on an objective consideration of very full and detailed evidence gathered through a variety of sources.”

There were 130 responses to the consultation, about 60 individuals in total attended nine focus group sessions across four cities, and over 1,300 individuals responded to the SRA’s online survey.

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