HMRC to say internships must be paid?

A mole has told us that HMRC are soon to publish a set of guidelines which recognise “internships” in terms of the National Minimum Wage.

If true, these guidelines will say that internships are a “step up” from work experience; suggest a longer time period; and crucially they MUST BE PAID.

We understand this document will be relevant to all areas of work, and will give all employers an official document to be referred to follow.

However, the law as it stands is pretty clear – if you are working set hours, are relied upon to do set tasks, and are not a student – then you should be paid minimum wage for your internship.

The third sector is not counted amongst current regulations – but MPs and media organisations are. It would be interesting to see if they take note of these developments. I suspect they won’t.

Watch this space. An announcement is expected next week.

8 Responses to “HMRC to say internships must be paid?”

  1. 1 dompotter 11/20/2009 at 2:14 pm

    This is really interesting, we’ll be waiting to see what emerges in the next week or so!

    Thanks for keeping your ears to the ground guys!



  2. 2 Kit Friend 11/20/2009 at 3:07 pm

    About time!

  3. 3 sara 11/20/2009 at 5:36 pm

    A step in the right direction but I’m not sure why the third sector should be able to bypass this. A wide range of organisations have charitable status and their interns deserve to be paid if they are working interns and not volunteers. Still, progress is being made!

  4. 4 exintern 12/02/2009 at 5:27 am

    Very interesting, even if it’s already illegal. The risk is that if it doesn’t come through, it will leave the impression that unfair internships have not been made illegal after all.

    Any development?

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