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Apprenticeships

There is no set rate of pay for apprentices in any industry including manufacturing, however all employed apprentices must receive a wage of no less than £2.50 per hour and a recent survey (November 2010) showed that the average wage per week for an apprentice is now around £170 and in some job roles around £210 per week. It may go up as your skills increase.

As an apprentice, you will receive the same beneļ¬ts as other employees such as pension contributions, subsidised canteen and leisure facilities.

Operative level

Operatives earn a range of pay - depending on the manufacturing sector - these range from £10,000 and up to as high as £20,000 a year. Average pay for operatives with some experience is around £14,000 a year.

Skilled and Technician

Technicians and skilled workers earn a range of pay - depending on the manufacturing sector and the shortage of people with a specific skill - these range from £18,000 and up to as high as £45,000 a year.

Management

Managers earn a range of pay - depending on the manufacturing sector - these range from £22,000 and up to as high as £75,000 a year (or more in a few senior management roles in some manufacturing sectors).