National Minimum Wage and guidance for interns

With increasing use of interns by businesses, both as a way of increasing work placements and of hiring low cost help, the Government (and the Courts) have become concerned at the potential for abuse. As a result, there is now (new) guidance available on the BusinessLink and DirectGov website on

With increasing use of interns by businesses, both as a way of increasing work placements and of hiring low cost help, the Government (and the Courts) have become concerned at the potential for abuse.

As a result, there is now (new) guidance available on the BusinessLink and DirectGov website on the payment of the National Minimum Wage to those on work experience placements and internships - both of which are entitled to this payment. The entitlement, by the way, doesn't depend on job title, but instead, on the arrangement with the employer. If an individual is a worker (the business tells them what to do, provides equipment and tools, details holiday allowances etc) then then no exemption is permitted and NMW must be paid.

From 1 October the NMW sees it's annual increase so that adults will get £6.08 an hour (+15p), 18-20 year olds get £4.98 an hour (+6p), 16-17 year olds get £3.68 an hour (+4p) and apprentices get £2.60 an hour (+10p).
This was first published in September 2011

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