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HMRC internal manual

National Minimum Wage Manual

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Specific occupations & special groups: prisoners

Relevant legislation

The legislation that applies to this page is as follows:

  • National Minimum Wage Act 1998, sections 45 and 45A

A prisoner does not qualify for the national minimum wage in respect of any work performed under prison rules. A prisoner is anyone detained in, or on temporary release from, a prison.

Similarly, a person does not qualify for the national minimum wage in respect of any work undertaken as a result of a work order to discharge a fine by unpaid work (under Schedule 6 of the Courts Act 2003).

See also: Detainees (NMWM06160).