As a worker in the UK, you're entitled to...
- 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.
- A maximum of 48 hours of work a week, including overtime.
- A rest break during your working day of at least 20 minutes when working more than 6 hours in a day.
- A minimum number of weeks paid holiday a year, starting from your first day of work.
- Workplace health and safety information, training, protective clothing and any necessary replacements free of charge, where appropriate.
- Written details of the terms and conditions of your employment if you have been employed for more than 1 month.
- 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.