Work experience pay

It is a very grey area when it comes to pay around work experience.


We have created the list below to show when you should and when you should not expect to be paid for work experience.

Paid work experience

  • You have got the work experience yourself, you turn up at a certain time and complete tasks set out for you by the company. If this is the case you should be paid National Minimum Wage.

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Unpaid work experience

  • If you are in year 10 and year 11 and your work experience has been organised by your school, then you are not entitled to be paid National Minimum Wage.
  • If a company has invited you in to shadow an employee, then you are not entitled to be paid National Minimum Wage.
  • Students who are required to undertake a placement for less than one year, as part of a further education or high education course are not entitled to be paid National Minimum Wage.

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More information

For more information and guidance about whether you should be paid for your work experience placement you should call Pay and Work Rights Helpline: 0800 917 2368 or visit: www.gov.uk/pay-and-work-rights-helpline