Labour standards and practice
The changing situation of electrical apprentices 2013
Client: Electrical Trades Union
The WRC, in conjunction with Professor Michael Bittman at the University of New England, researched apprentice wages for the Electrical Trades Union. The research found that award wage rates do not adequately reflect skill levels or the financial requirements of contemporary electrical apprentices. Despite an older and more mature profile of electrical apprentices, apprentice award rates are slightly above welfare payments (the Newstart allowance) and mostly below the Henderson Poverty Line. Apprentices in the research experienced living difficulties due their low rates of pay. To overcome these problems further examination of apprentices award wages is required.