Move to ban unpaid internship adverts wins cross-party support
Advertising unpaid internships could become illegal from next year under proposals being introduced into parliament on Wednesday.
The Labour MP Hazel Blears said she had cross-party support for her 10-minute rule bill, which seeks to ban job postings for placements that break national minimum wage law.
Blears said advertising for internships was already governed by law, so a ban could become effective by tweaking existing regulations. "It is a simple thing to do," she said.
Under minimum wage legislation, those who work are entitled to the national rate, currently £6.19 an hour for those aged 21 and over. Although advertising for jobs is governed by discrimination laws, promoting unpaid internships is not currently unlawful.