Shocking! Boss charges unpaid interns £300 for a reference

Shocking! Boss charges unpaid interns £300 for a reference

TIGHT-FISTED EMPLOYER INSISTS IT IS A “FAIR ADMINISTRATIVE FEE” * OUR STORY PICKED UP BY THE OBSERVER! * Former interns who worked at a London thinktank have been told they must pay a £300 fee if they want a job reference from their old employer. The...
London internships: Six in 10 paid less than the minimum wage

London internships: Six in 10 paid less than the minimum wage

UK CAPITAL HAS ‘A BIG PROBLEM’ WITH UNPAID INTERNSHIPS, FINDS DAMNING NEW REPORT More than six in 10 London internships are paid less than the minimum wage and unpaid internships are ‘a big problem’ in the capital, according to a damning new...
Are all unpaid interns really ‘rich’? Not in our experience

Are all unpaid interns really ‘rich’? Not in our experience

MOST ARE SKINT – AND INACCURATE STEREOTYPES OBSCURE THE TRUE VILLAINS IN TODAY’S JOB MARKET: THE EMPLOYERS WHO EXPLOIT YOUNG WORKERS According to much of the mainstream press, it’s a fact that you have to be ‘rich’ (or even...
Time is running out for firms still using unpaid interns

Time is running out for firms still using unpaid interns

SOCIAL MOBILITY WATCHDOG PUSHES FOR OUTRIGHT BAN ON WAGE-FREE PLACEMENTS An influential new report has loaded pressure on employers still using unpaid interns to end the practice immediately. Having unpaid young workers effectively doing real jobs is exploitative,...
London Evening Standard under fire over unpaid fashion internship ‘prize’

London Evening Standard under fire over unpaid fashion internship ‘prize’

‘FASHION HAPPY’ COMPETITION ANGERS YOUNG JOBSEEKERS  The Evening Standard has angered young jobseekers by advertising a four-week unpaid fashion internship at its sister TV channel as a competition prize, using the hashtag #fashionhappy. The following...
Enough! MP advertises his NINTH unpaid internship… So we report him

Enough! MP advertises his NINTH unpaid internship… So we report him

*STORY PICKED UP BY THE GUARDIAN!* “CONSTITUENCY INTERN” WANTED FOR UP TO 100 DAYS OF “VOLUNTEERING” A politician who advertised nine unpaid internships has been reported to officials for investigation by HM Revenue and Customs. The...
Unpaid interns targeted for clinical trials

Unpaid interns targeted for clinical trials

TESTING DRUGS “COULD BE YOUR SOLUTION” TO GRADUATE MONEY WORRIES, SAYS DRUG FIRM REP * GRADUATE FOG EXCLUSIVE * UPDATE, SUNDAY 22 JUNE: GSK SACKS AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS INCIDENT Cash-strapped graduates and unpaid interns are being targeted for...
Wow! Sony offers PAID internships at last

Wow! Sony offers PAID internships at last

RECORD LABEL ADVERTISES 20 POSITIONS AT £15,000 A YEAR Has Sony learnt its lesson after being caught using unpaid interns and paying out £4,600 in unpaid wages to a graduate intern last year? The brand’s record label arm Sony Music is currently advertising 20...
PR internships: The shameful truth exposed

PR internships: The shameful truth exposed

HALF OF PR INTERNS EARN LESS THAN THE MINIMUM WAGE — AND A QUARTER AREN’T EVEN PAID EXPENSES Graduates hoping to start a career in public relations are facing unprecedented challenges according to new research into the junior end of the industry’s...
London Symphony Orchestra scraps unpaid internship scheme!

London Symphony Orchestra scraps unpaid internship scheme!

VICTORY FOR INTERNS AS PAID PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED INSTEAD One of the UK’s best known professional orchestras has dropped its unpaid internship scheme following complaints from interns’ rights campaigners. Critics of the London Symphony Orchestra’s...