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TUC calls for interns to be given National Minimum Wage

Published: Tuesday, 11 January 2011   Category: Work Experience

Providing interns with the National Minimum Wage (NMW) could help create more viable graduate opportunities and protect them from abuse by unscrupulous employers, the TUC has suggested.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development this week published a report proposing that interns should be paid an hourly wage of £2.50.

However, Brendan Barber, general secretary of the TUC, said that such a move would allow some unscrupulous employers to ignore the NMW, since internships are not defined by law.

"The idea of a minimum wage rate for training has already been tried and it failed," he said. "In 2006, the government abolished the NMW development rate after it was found to have been widely abused."

By stipulating that all interns must be paid NMW, the TUC believes that the government would be able to guard against rogue bosses trying to use unpaid interns instead of paid staff.

Such a move would also make internships more of a viable employment option for graduates looking to acquire experience in their chosen profession.

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