National Minimum Wage entitlement

Who gets the minimum wage

Anyone classed as a worker must get the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage.

You are entitled to receive a minimum wage if you are a:

  • full-time worker
  • part-time worker
  • agency worker
  • casual worker
  • zero hours worker
  • apprentice
  • worker paid by commission
  • worker paid by the number of items you make (piece work)
  • home worker
  • casual labourer, for example someone hired for one day
  • trainee, or on probation
  • disabled worker
  • agricultural worker
  • foreign worker
  • seafarer
  • offshore worker

You are not entitled to a minimum wage if you are:

  • self-employed (if you choose to be)
  • a volunteer (if you choose to be)
  • a company director
  • a member of the armed forces
  • a work experience student, depending on the length of your placement
  • under school leaving age

If you live in your employer's home

You are entitled to the minimum wage if you live in your employer's home, unless:

  • you're a member of their family
  • you are not a member of the family, but you do share in the work and leisure activities and are not charged for meals or accommodation, for example an au pair