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HMRC internal manual

National Minimum Wage Manual

Types of work: unmeasured work

Relevant legislation

The legislation that applies to this page is as follows:

For pay reference periods commencing

* on or after 6 April 2015; National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015, regulations 44 to 50
* before 6 April 2015; National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999, regulations 6, 18, 27, 28 & 29

If a worker is performing work that does not fit into the definitions of salaried work, time work or output work then they are performing unmeasured work.

Unmeasured work includes work where there are no associated specified hours or times when the work must be undertaken and the employer may only need the worker to work when needed or when work is available.

Workers performing unmeasured work are paid by reference to either;

  • The actual hours worked ; or
  • The time specified in a daily average agreement (NMWM07120).

There are some simple examples which can help indicate whether a worker is performing unmeasured work or not (NMWM07110).