Paid by the hour
Workers paid according to the number of hours they are at work are classed as doing ‘time work’.
For these workers, the average hourly pay has to be at least the National Minimum Wage, worked out over the period each pay packet covers - so for a worker who gets paid once a month, this period will be 1 month.
Workers in a call centre are paid for the number of hours they work each month.
Alan works in the call centre. He is 23 and is eligible for the minimum wage rate of £8.20. He works a total of 140 hours during the month of January.
This means he must be paid at least £1,148 for this month’s work (£8.20 multiplied by 140).
Use the National Minimum Wage calculator to check if payments are at least at the minimum wage.