Unpaid internships could be banned

The BBC is reporting that the government is considering a ban on unpaid internships after concerns that they give richer candidates an unfair advantage.

Work and Pensions Minister Damian Hinds said “sought-after” roles in popular industries such as media and fashion were not available to everybody. 

On Friday, MPs will debate plans to pay interns at least the minimum wage. The bill’s sponsor, Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke, called unpaid work a “scourge on social mobility”.

The proposed National Minimum Wage (Workplace Internships) Bill would require companies to pay interns at least the minimum wage for their work.

Any adult hired as an intern would have to be paid, but the bill excludes school-age children, apprentices and full-time university and college students completing work experience as part of their studies. 

Government minister Damian Hinds told ITV’s Peston on Sunday programme unpaid internships were not an option for many poorer young people.

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  1. A better idea – why don’t firms recruit staff on, say, a 6 month probationary period, adequately paid, with a view to further employment, rather than have a rolling programme of either unpaid or low paid interns who leave after six months?  This would ensure interns are properly trained in their chosen career and not just used as general dogsbodies doing photocopying and making coffee.
    That said, any firms offering internships should pay at least the minimum wage as is suggested.

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