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Work Experience - Paying Interns
Employers who do not pay interns could face employment tribunal claims according to a recent report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR.)

Some employers believe that they are allowed to take on unpaid interns if both parties accept that it is a voluntary position. However, this is not the case: while charities, voluntary organisations and statutory bodies can employ unpaid volunteers, private companies cannot.

Some employers offer ‘expenses only’ internships and the survey found that only the half the organisations they asked pay them at least the adult national minimum wage (NMW currently £5.80, rising to £5.93 for employees aged 21 and over in October 2010.) The law is quite clear about internship positions: they must be for work experience as part of a course of higher or further education, where the work experience placement does not exceed 1 year. There are also some EU and Government backed schemes which are exempt from NMW regulations, but don’t forget that a new apprentice rate of £2.50 per hour comes into effect from October 2010.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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