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Advice on the Apprenticeship Levy

If an organisation has a payroll of over £3 million, it’ll need to pay 0.5 per cent to the government.

What you have to pay

You are required to pay the apprenticeship levy at a rate of 0.5 per cent if your annual UK payroll is over £3 million. However, the government will also provide an annual allowance of £15,000 so employers can draw down the full amount of their levy funds to spend on apprenticeship training.

Here's how it works:

Non-levy paying organisationLevy-paying organisation
Annual pay bill:£1,000,000Annual pay bill:£10,200,000
Levy calculation:0.5% x £1,000,000 = £5,000Levy calculation:0.5% x £10,200,000 = £51,000
Minus levy allowance:

£5,000 - £15,000 =

£0 annual levy payment

Minus levy allowance:

£51,000 - £15,000 = 

£36,000 annual levy payment


You can use this apprenticeship levy calculator to work out if your organisation will pay into the levy, estimate how much you'll have to spend on apprenticeships training and the government's contribution towards the cost of training.
How to get your money back

If you are a levy-paying employer, you must declare your levy through the PAYE process. You will then receive your funds every month in proportion to the number of your employees based in England.

Levy funds can be managed through the dedicated online apprenticeship service and can be spent on apprenticeship training fees in England. Levy-paying organisations will also benefit from a 10 per cent monthly top-up from the government.

For every £1 that enters your online account, the government will pay a further 10 per cent. Using the above example, assuming a levy-paying employer has all of their employees based in England, they will receive £3,300 a month. Any allowance not used will be carried into the following month, so you won't miss out on additional government funding.

You have 24 months to spend the fund in your account, otherwise they will be returned to the government.