I am an intern – am I entitled to the National Minimum Wage?
The first thing you need to establish is the precise nature of your working agreement.
If you are employed or are a worker, then in most cases your employer has to pay you in accordance with National Minimum Wage (NMW) legislation (links to our LITRG website), which includes the National Living Wage (NLW). You may be paid more than this, but this is the basic minimum.
If, instead, you are taking part in a government scheme to provide training and work experience, or are doing voluntary work for a charity, it is likely you will not be entitled to the NMW nor the NLW.
There are specific types of student internships where, as part of your course of UK-based higher or further education, you are required to undertake an internship of less than a year: in these cases you are not entitled to the NMW nor the NLW.
In a similar way, work experience students who are under the compulsory school age (usually 16 years) are not entitled to the NMW.
I work for a charity each week providing counselling services. I hope this will help me find a job in that sector when I graduate. I have signed an agreement saying I will try to provide them with a certain number of hours each month. Should I be paid for this?
It sounds like you are doing voluntary work and would not be entitled to the NMW nor the NLW.
I promote a local nightclub by handing out leaflets. I do not get paid, but instead I am able to get free entry to the nightclub for myself and a few friends. Should I be paid for this?
You need to look at any agreement you have with the nightclub. It sounds like you may have a case for claiming the NMW nor the NLW depending on your age.
If you are not being paid for your work, you may find it helpful to look at our page on volunteers.