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Hi guys, recently passed my AM2 exam and was wondering what sort of hourly rate I should be aiming for.

bit of background; did majority of my apprenticeship doing domestic work with weeks here and there doing commercial work. Joined a new company a month before qualifying which only work in industrial/commercial. I haven’t had a lot of experience with tray/unistrut/basket/conduit etc & I’m not overly confident at testing 3 phase (I could probably do it given a good amount of time)

I live in the Gloucestershire area (south west). I am currently on £9.50 p/h. basic week is 45 hours, working away You get 60 hours. I haven’t got a van yet (I’m hoping within a year I will get one), overtime is paid very well. Overall they’re a great company to work for very laidback and understanding!

what do you guys think a fair wage would be? Top of my head I was looking at £13/£13.50
 
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I use a lot of subcontractors in and around Gloucester/Worcester area I don't think you are likely to get "at least £15hr" until you have a couple of years under your belt. i would think £13-14 more likely, that's basic though and you should get paid overtime (if you work it), travel cost or mileage if using your own vehicle.

After a couple of years where you can prove you have been working on your own and able to think for yourself then defiantly look for over £15hr with £17-18 attainable.
 
As David said, you need experience and an ability to be trusted to work and think for yourself.
Passing an exam doesn't make you worth more money, you need to prove yourself first.
 

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