HMRC investigates 100 firms over unpaid internships

How many employers are breaking the law?

How many employers are breaking the law?

One hundred companies will be investigated by HM Revenue and Customs after junior employment minister Jo Swinson handed in a list containing names of firms which might be breaking the law and not paying their interns after a meeting she had with Intern Aware. The list was compiled by looking at job websites and searching for unpaid internships. Details of suspected firms have not yet been released.

It is lawful for companies to offer short periods of work expereicne. However, lengthy terms with fixed hours an dutires are seen as internships and the firm must pay minimum wage. Critics also say that seeing unpaid internships as a way of getting into a profession excludes people who don’t have the money to support themselves during this time.

Swinson said: “The law on the national minimum wage is clear. If somebody on a work experience placement or internship is a worker under NMW (national minimum wage) legislation, then they are entitled to the minimum wage.”