National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage - who is not entitled to it

Government or EU schemes and the minimum wage


People may not be entitled to the minimum wage if they take part in a government employment programme which is meant to provide them with training or work experience, or to help them get or look for work. If you are going to take part in a scheme of this kind, check with the organisers to see whether the participant should be paid the minimum wage.

You should note, however, that individuals taking part in some government arranged employment schemes may be entitled to receive the minimum wage.

Participants on certain European Community programmes may also not be entitled to the minimum wage.