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

Working hours for minimum wage purposes

Guide

The working hours that apply for minimum wage purposes depend on the type of work being performed - whether they are a salaried, time, output or unmeasured worker.

If a worker does different types of work for you or for different employers the rules and calculation of hours apply differently for each type of work that the worker does.

Time and salaried work

The hours of work that count for minimum wage purposes for time and salaried work includes any time when a worker is:

Output work

The hours of work that count for minimum wage purposes for output work includes any:

Unmeasured work

The hours of work that count for minimum wage purposes for unmeasured work includes:

Example scenarios: worker making themselves available for work

You call a time worker into your factory to help with an urgent order, but the delivery is delayed. While the worker is at the factory and required to be available for work you must pay them at least the minimum wage for the time - even though they cannot do any work.

However, if the worker is at home waiting for you to call them into work you do not have to pay them the minimum wage for the time they are at home. They would only be entitled after they have arrived at work and while they are working.