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UK interns still being exploited


Four in ten interns still aren’t receiving the minimum wage, according to research released today by, which questioned over 200 young people who have completed an internship in the past 12 months.

The findings show that over a quarter (27 per cent) of respondents only received financial support to cover expenses during their placement, while 14 per cent did not receive any payment at all for their efforts. With employment regulations stating that working interns should be paid at least the minimum wage, the study suggests that many employers could be breaking the law.

When questioning employers, the Monster study found that more than a fifth (22 per cent) of those who employ interns admit to paying them less than the minimum wage, despite the fact that the majority (84 per cent) claim to understand the law regarding this issue. The research comes just months after HM Revenue and Customs launched an inquiry to investigate 100 companies believed to be breaking the law through their use of unpaid interns.