Unpaid internships reported to HMRC

Employment minister Jo Swinson has handed HMRC details of 100 companies apparently offering unpaid internships. It’s illegal to fill a ‘proper’ job with a worker who is not receiving at least the minimum wage.

Jo Swinson agreed to pass on the information after meeting with campaign group Intern Aware, which had compiled details of organisations publically advertising unpaid internships. Names of the companies in question haven’t been revealed, though they are understood to include household names.

However, the move appears at odds with the government’s own trial unpaid internship scheme for young Jobseekers’ Allowance claimants in London, not to mention its recent court battle with geology graduate Cat Reilly over her shelf-stacking stint in Poundland.

Finding an internship

While unpaid internships are common in certain industries, such as magazine publishing and fashion, the good news is that many employers do the right thing and pay their interns. You can search for this summer’s remaining vacancies via TARGETjobs’ internships and work experience section.

Even in areas such as the media, it’s still possible to find paid experience. Today is the final day of applications for TARGETjobs’ own paid editorial internships.