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GRB: No grey area in relation to paying interns

Published: Monday, 02 August 2010   Category: Work Experience

Companies must be aware of the implications of not paying graduates in accordance with the law, it has been suggested.

Dan Hawes, co-founder of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau (GRB), explained that it is illegal to employ someone without paying them, unless it is part of a degree or charity work.

He noted that firms should be paying expenses for the first three months and then at least the minimum wage in order to comply with the regulations for internships.

"A lot of companies are seeing that there are loads of graduates in the market place and thinking they can take someone on for nothing, with no promise of a job at the end of it," he said.

"Most proper internships have a period of work where you are getting involved in different areas and then at the end of the programme there is a position for you."

Mr Hawes was speaking after a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research and campaign group Internocracy claimed that employers mistakenly believe there is a "grey area" in relation to interns.

The study suggested that graduates are missing out on gaining experience in sectors such as media, fashion and advertising as they cannot afford to take unpaid internships. ADNFCR-1068-ID-800010698-ADNFCR

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