Apprenticeship Levy

Depending on the size of your payroll, you may need to pay into this government programme. Scroll down to learn what is required of businesses – and how this scheme can benefit you:

What is the Apprenticeship Levy?

The Apprenticeship levy is a payroll tax on UK employers to fund new apprenticeships.

The levy is set at 0.5% of your salary bill, this includes wages, bonuses, commissions, and pensions contributions paid monthly through PAYE. The Government says that any UK employer, in any sector, with a pay bill of more than £3 million per tax year will pay the levy on a total pay bill over £3 million. However, the levy will be a monthly deduction, so in reality these costs will be taken in any month where your pay bill is over £250,000.

If your pay bill in that tax year is below £3 million any levy deductions will be reimbursed.

You will hear talk of an ‘allowance’ of £15,000 per tax year offset against your levy liability. This means that you will only make levy payments on your pay bill in excess of £3 million per tax year. This ‘allowance’ is available on a monthly basis. Employers in England who pay the levy and participate in apprenticeship programmes will receive more than they pay into the levy, through a monthly 10% top-up to their digital account.

Apprenticeships and Non Levy Employers

Non-levy employers pay an agreed Employer Contribution with the remaining balance co-funded by the Government. This is 95% funded by the Government with a nominal contribution of 5% from the employer which can be paid in a lump sum or be broken down over the year to make this more affordable.

Do I have to pay it?

The levy is currently only for employers with a payroll of £3 million and above. For example:

Employers of 100 employees, with an average gross salary of £20,000

Pay bill: 100 x £20,000= £2,000,000

Levy entry point: = £3,000,000

£0 annual levy payment

Extra support for 16-18 year olds

When you take on an apprentice who is aged between 16-18 at the start of their apprenticeship, you will receive a payment of £1,000 to help meet the extra costs of employing them via your training employer.

Using your levy payments

Levy payments expire 24 months after they enter your account. They will be on a ‘first in, first out’ basis, so the sooner you become engaged with apprenticeships the better. The Government calls this ‘sunsetting’. 

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