Guide

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage - volunteers and voluntary workers

Introduction

Volunteers and voluntary workers are two separate categories of people for National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage purposes.

Volunteers are not workers and so are not entitled to be paid the minimum wage. Voluntary workers are workers however they are exempt from minimum wage entitlement provided certain conditions are met.

This guide explains the different meaning of volunteers and voluntary workers and their entitlement to the minimum wage.