Apprenticeship Levy Calculator

Apprenticeship Levy Calculator [Excel]

The Government’s Apprenticeship Levy was introduced on 1st April 2017 and is a levy on UK employers to fund new apprenticeships. It is calculated based on 0.5% of the Basic Salary and London Allowance for all College employees.

NOTE: This change is purely to do with the employer’s contributions. Individual employees will not see any reduction in their salary.

Some of the College’s main funders will meet this as an employment cost, so we should recover this where possible on research proposals. In cases where the Levy is not recoverable from specific funders, the costs will have to be borne by the grant-holding Department instead.

1)    InfoEd Proposals

The Levy cost will be included on all future InfoEd salary costings effective from 6th April 2017.

It is not possible to create a separate pay element on InfoEd due to system restrictions, so the employer’s NI contribution percentage has been increased by 0.5% to take account of the Levy.

Since the Levy will be included on all salaries costed on InfoEd, the associated costs will have to be manually removed from proposals which are submitted to Funders who do not meet the Levy (e.g. Cancer Research UK, British Heart Foundation, Leverhulme Trust).

2)    Apprenticeship Levy Calculator

When entering salary details on funders’ application forms, the Levy may need to be shown in different formats or excluded when a specific funder will not meet the costs. The Apprenticeship Levy Calculator [Excel] should be used by authorised InfoEd users in conjunction with InfoEd’s Staff Cost Detail Reports. The Calculator will display salary information in a range of different formats to assist with meeting funder requirements.

3)    Funders Information

Several funders have clarified their funding position as summarised below:

a) Funders who will pay the Levy:

i) Research Councils UK

RCUK agree that the cost of the Levy can be charged through direct staff costs for both Directly Allocated and Directly Incurred Staff.  The Levy charge can be included on all future applications submitted. No amendments to applications already submitted or existing grants will be allowable, but the charge can be recovered by transferring funds between allowable budget categories within the cash limits of the grant.

ii) Wellcome Trust

The cost of the Levy can be requested on applications as an additional charge for UK-based staff. This cost can also be charged on existing grants from 1st April 2017 onwards, but this needs to be met by moving funds between cost headings as necessary. Existing grants will not be supplemented and costings on current applications under review will not be amended.

iii) European Commission

Since the Levy is a statutory payment, it is a legitimate employment cost and should be eligible under H2020 personnel costs.

b) Funders who will not pay the Levy:
Funder nameCurrent positionWebsite link
 Bloodwise  Levy costs will not be paid  N/A
 Breast Cancer Now  Levy costs will not be paid  N/A
 British Academy  Levy costs will not be paid  N/A
 British Heart Foundation  Final decision still pending. Until then, Levy costs will not be paid. More information
 Cancer Research UK  Levy costs will not be paid  N/A
 Fight for Sight  Levy costs will not be paid  N/A
 Leverhulme Trust  Levy costs will not be paid  More information
 Parkinson's UK  Levy costs will not be paid  More information
 Prostate Cancer UK  Levy costs will not be paid N/A
Funders paying Apprenticeship levy

4)    Payroll System

ICT are currently developing Payroll functionality that will allow the Levy to be charged as a separate pay element against each individual employee record, regardless of whether the staff member is externally funded by a research award or not.

It is expected that Payroll costs will include a separate pay element for the Levy from 1st August 2017 at the latest (date to be confirmed). Until then, the Levy will be met via an institutional charge.

5)    Award Management

There will be a financial impact on existing awards because the Levy will eventually be included in future payroll costs charged to projects, even if there is no provision for this in the original budgets. The Levy costs will have to be met by moving funds between budget headings (if allowable by the Funder) or met by the Department.

If a specific funder does not meet the Levy, the associated costs will have to be manually removed from salary costs before they are claimed. Once a separate Levy pay element has been created on the Payroll system, further ICT development will be required to identify the pay element in relevant salary reports.

6)    Apprenticeships FAQs

If your Department is interested in funding training for apprentices, see Manager FAQs for more information.