A government funded so-called charity is today encouraging employers to break minimum wage laws and hire unpaid interns with “no financial obligations in terms of salary”.
The advice is being offered by Fair Train who last year were paid £283,000 of tax payer’s money to promote unpaid work schemes and workfare. The organisation are currently holding a Work Experience Week with a different form of unpaid work celebrated everyday. Yesterday it was the turn of unpaid – and soon to be mandatory – Traineeships. Today they have decided to focus on internships, with their official guidance (pdf) suggesting they need not be paid and that a placement could last up to a year.
In almost all cases unpaid internships are illegal. According to the government:“An intern is entitled to the National Minimum Wage if they count as a worker.” What this means is that anybody who actually does some…
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