Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) from Modern Apprenticeships: 2020/21: Scotland

The Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) from Modern Apprenticeships (MAs): 2020/21: Scotland release provides earnings information for those who completed MAs in Scotland, split by characteristics of individuals, such as level of qualification, sex, age, occupation, and SIMD quintile.

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Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD)

Table 6 shows the median total earnings of MA completers five years after completion split by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) quintiles and sex.

Note that the quintile is determined by the SIMD rank associated with an individual's postcode when they started their apprenticeship, and so may not reflect their area of residence in the 2020/21 tax year.

It shows that MAs from Quintile 5 were earning £24,200 in 2020/21, five years after completing their MA in 2015/16. This compares to £20,300 for MAs from the most deprived areas. Earnings typically decrease with each SIMD quintile, from the highest earnings in the least deprived quintiles to the lowest earnings in the most deprived quintiles.

These differences in earnings between SIMD quintiles are broadly consistent for both females and males. When comparing the highest and lowest earnings between SIMD quintiles, female completers from Quintile 5 had the highest earnings, earning on average £2,300 more than a female completer from Quintile 1, the lowest earning quintile (£17,300 for females from Q1 and £19,600 for females from Q5).

For male completers, those from Quintile 4 had the highest earnings, earning on average £5,000 more than a male completer from Quintile 1 (£23,200 for males from Q1 and £28,200 for males from Q4).

The differences in earnings between quintiles may be partially reflected by apprenticeship framework choice. For example, MA completers from the least deprived quintiles are more likely to do apprenticeships in Engineering and Energy, where the highest median earnings are seen (refer to Table 1).

Table 4: Median total earnings of MA completers* by SIMD quintile and sex five years after completion, 2020/21 tax year
SIMD Quintile Median total earnings (£)
Female Completers Male Completers All Completers
Quintile 1 - 20% most deprived 17,300 23,200 20,300
Quintile 2 17,900 25,500 21,200
Quintile 3 18,200 27,100 22,300
Quintile 4 19,100 28,200 23,500
Quintile 5 - 20% least deprived 19,600 27,800 24,200

*2015/16 Modern Apprenticeship (MA) completers in Scotland
(1) Hours worked are not taken into account.
(2) MA completers whose quintile is not known have been excluded from the table.


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