The government has stepped up efforts to “stamp an illegal, unpaid internship”.
HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has written more than 500 companies in the last three months, reminding them that interns are classified as workers must be paid the minimum wage.
In addition, the government has said it would ask HMRC to fire minimum wage enforcement work of the businesses using unpaid interns.
Details are contained in the government’s response to a review of work practices.
Taylor’s analysis of work practices”, published last year, focused in particular on the so-called concert of the economics of part-time and flexible workers.
However, he also highlighted the issue of unpaid internship.
He said that the government should ensure that “the exploitation of unpaid internships that give social mobility in the UNITED kingdom, are thrown down.”Concert workers promised rights repressionUnpaid internship ‘to block some of the careers”All jobs in the economy of the UNITED kingdom should be proud’
In his response released earlier this week, the government has accepted the recommendations of the review.
“The exploitation of unpaid internships should not exist, and we will work to eradicate these.
“We will take measures to improve the interpretation of the law, and the enforcement action taken by HMRC in this area to help eliminate illegal, unpaid internship,” he added.’Conscious and compliant’
According to the law, interns who are classified as workers must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage or National Living.
A worker can be someone who has a contract or is subject to sanctions if you do not turn up for work.
Genuine volunteers, however, is not entitled to the minimum wage.
The government has said that HMRC already contacted employers that had advertised for unpaid internship to “ensure they are aware and compliant with the law”.
However, a new turn of the screw took place in the last three months.
Also, said he wanted to “formally ask” HMRC to focus its activities in the next year for enterprises that use unpaid interns, “through intelligence-led enforcement”.
“If this approach does not work, the government will review the existing policies and legal framework, and assess what actions can be taken,” he added.
Last month the Sutton Trust charity estimates that 40% 70,000 stage performed annually were not paid – but he said that the young workers need a minimum of £1,019 a month to live in London, and £827 in Manchester.
Supported the cross-party calls to ban unpaid internship for more than a month.