Guide

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage - calculating minimum wage pay

Introduction

To see whether a worker's pay is in line with the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage, you must be aware of when a worker is entitled to be paid it and what pay actually counts as minimum wage.

Elements of minimum wage pay must be checked carefully. Wrongly including an element of pay that doesn't count - for example an extra premium for overtime - can result in it appearing you are paying the minimum wage when you are not.

This guide describes when a worker is entitled to be paid the minimum wage. It explains the pay that does and does not count towards the minimum wage and the basic method of calculating whether it has been paid.