British public overwhelmingly backs end to unpaid internships
The benefits of paid internshipsIn response to the policy proposal, Heidy Rehman, founder of ethical fashion label Rose & Willard, reached out to Business Advice to express the positive impact of offering paid placements in a workplace.? every one of my staff is paid, she told us. We also offer the option of flexible working for all staff and especially those who have family commitments. It is simply the right thing to do. Calling on other fashion houses to end unpaid internships, Rehman pointed out how much of her industry had been built on free labour. Even the big luxury brands can have as many as nine unpaid interns per employee, she added. Rehman outlined four reasons why she believes interns should be paid.
- doing so encourages diversity as it eliminates economic self-selection.
- it creates a genuine meritocracy.
- widens the talent pool as it avoids excluding talented people who havent the means to work for nothing.
- allows interns to acquire valuable skills as paying interns tends to rationalise the number employed.
The law on hiring internsUnder the National Minimum Wage Act 1998, any employees qualifying as a worker? are already legally entitled to either the minimum wage or living wage. However, many employers have been able to operate outside of the law any legal enforcement. According to the act, a worker qualifies for the minimum wage if he/she is:
(a)?is a worker;
(b)?is working, or ordinarily works, in the United Kingdom under his/her contract; and
(c)?has ceased to be of compulsory school age.Hiring an intern: Everything a small business owner needs to know