Your rights as a worker in the UK

Your rights as a worker in the UK

As a worker in the UK, you’re entitled to…

  1. Pay of at least £8.21 an hour if you are over 25, £7.70 per hour if you are aged 21 to 24, £6.15 per hour if you are aged 18 to 20 and £4.35 per hour if you are aged 16 to 17.
  2. A maximum of 48 hours of work a week, including overtime.
  3. A rest break during your working day of at least 20 minutes when working more than 6 hours in a day.
  4. A minimum number of weeks paid holiday a year, starting from your first day of work.
  5. Workplace health and safety information, training, protective clothing and any necessary replacements free of charge, where appropriate.
  6. Written details of the terms and conditions of your employment if you have been employed for more than 1 month.
  7. Sick pay which will be detailed in your contract of employment.

Are you being exploited?

In the UK, we’d consider that you’re being exploited if:

  • you receive no wage, or a very low wage, for your work
  • you’re working excessively long hours
  • you’re being forced to work or perform sexual acts
  • you’re being held captive or against your will
  • you can’t leave your residence, you’re being watched and / or you can’t move about freely
  • you’ve been brought to the UK to work for someone who is now threatening, frightening, hurting or forcing you to do work or other things that you don’t want to do.