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.

  1. Step 1 Check your business is ready to employ staff

  2. Step 2 Recruit someone

    You need to advertise the role and interview candidates. You can use a recruitment agency to do this or do it yourself.

    1. Find out about recruiting someone yourself on Acas
    2. Find out about using a recruitment agency

    As an employer you must make sure you recruit employees fairly.

    1. Avoid discrimination during recruitment
    2. Make your application process accessible for employees with disabilities or health conditions
  3. and Check they have the right to work in the UK

  4. and Find out if they need a DBS check

    You may need to check someone's criminal record, for example, if they'll be working in healthcare or with children.

    1. Find out if you need a DBS check
    2. How to do a DBS check
  5. Step 3 Check if they need to be put into a workplace pension

    Check if you need to put your employee into a workplace pension scheme:

  6. Step 4 Agree a contract and salary

  7. Step 5 Tell HMRC about your new employee