I am an hourly-paid careworker working in the community. Am I entitled to be paid for my travel time journeying to and from my last appointment of the day?

Your average hourly rate, across your ‘pay reference period’, must be at least the National Minimum Wage. Your pay reference period is a month (unless you are paid weekly or daily, in which case it will be a week or a day). 

Where you have no fixed place of work but instead you work from home visiting service users in the community, time spent travelling to your first and from your last appointment of the day is likely to be classed as 'working time'. As such, your average hourly rate must be at least the National Minimum Wage rate for your age, once these hours are added in. 

The position is different if you have a fixed place of work that you attended every day, for example, if you work as an hourly-paid careworker in a residential care home. Then your time spent simply travelling to and from the residential care home at the start and end of your working day without performing any work duties would not be classed as 'working time' and you would not be entitled to be paid for it.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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