The National Minimum Wage is important to get correct and the first step is to know who qualifies and who does not. So, who does qualify for the national minimum wage?\u00a0 1 Workers must be at least school leaving age to get the National Minimum Wage. They must be 25 or over to get the National Living Wage. 2 Contracts for payments below the minimum wage are not legally binding. The worker is still entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage. 3 Workers\u00a0are also entitled to the correct minimum wage if they are: \tpart-time \tcasual labourers, for example someone hired for one day \tagency workers \tworkers and homeworkers paid by the number of items they make \tapprentices \ttrainees, workers on probation \tdisabled workers \tagricultural workers \tforeign workers \tseafarers \toffshore workers 4 Apprentices are entitled to the\u00a0apprentice rate\u00a0if they are: \tunder 19, or \t19 or over and in the first year of their apprenticeship \tapprentices over 19 who have completed the first year of their apprenticeship are entitled to the\u00a0correct minimum wage for their age. The following types of workers are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage or National Living Wage: \tself-employed people\u00a0running their own business \tcompany directors \tvolunteers\u00a0or voluntary workers \tworkers on a government employment programme, such as the Work Programme \tmembers of the armed forces \tfamily members of the employer living in the employer\u2019s home \tnon-family members living in the employer\u2019s home who share in the work and leisure activities, are treated as one of the family and aren\u2019t charged for meals or accommodation, for example au pairs \tworkers younger than school leaving age (usually 16) \thigher and further education students on a work placement up to 1 year \tworkers on government pre-apprenticeships schemes \tpeople on the following European Union programmes: Leonardo da Vinci, Youth in Action, Erasmus, Comenius \tpeople working on a Jobcentre Plus Work trial for 6 weeks \tshare fishermen \tprisoners \tpeople living and working in a religious community If you want to know about rates or find other information then the ACAS website is a good place to start.