Consultation outcome

Employed students and the accommodation offset

This consultation was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

This consultation has concluded

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Detail of outcome

The government concluded that the minimum wage accommodation rules should not apply where a student is enrolled on a full-time course with a further or higher education institution and is also employed part-time by that institution.

Original consultation

This consultation ran from to


Sought views on proposed changes to national minimum wage rules, relating to students who work part-time for their educational institution.


Consultation description

The national minimum wage (NMW) rules allow employers who provide accommodation for workers to count it as a benefit in kind towards payment of the NMW, up to a specified limit.

This consultation sought views on the level to which higher education institutions (HEIs) can provide accommodation to students and also employ them part-time. It asked whether, and if so how and in what circumstances, HEIs should be excluded from the accommodation offset rules. It also seeks input relating to further education colleges and asks whether they should be included in any change to the law.