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Cancer Research to pay interns

We previously blogged on whether unpaid internships should be a thing of the past, after Chris Holmes called for a ban on unpaid internships lasting longer than four weeks. Cancer Research has now announced that it will indeed be making unpaid internships a thing of the past in its business.
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Cancer Research to pay interns

Declining number of graduate recruitment roles

There have been rumours circulating in the news over the past 12 months about the declining number of graduate roles that will be available in the UK over the next few years. And it seems that those fears have not been unfounded. Research carried out by High Fliers, the student research specialist, has shown that the UK's biggest graduate recruiters - including Goldman Sachs, Unilever and BP – hired almost 1,000 less graduates in 2016 than they originally anticipated at the start of that year. Many are speculating that this is the result of ongoing and widespread uncertainty about how Brexit will affect businesses in the years ahead. The largest drop was seen in the accounting and professional services companies, banking and finance and investment banking. This trend was also reflected in the private sector, with statistics reporting that graduate recruitment for those business fell 10.3 per cent in 2017.
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Declining number of graduate recruitment roles

Unpaid internships – should they be a thing of the past?

Under the current law interns are classed as workers, with two big exceptions. Interns are not classed as workers, and therefore are not afforded the protection of national minimum wage (NMW), where (1) the intern is studying at an accredited college or university and is receiving credit for undertaking the internship (the Student Loophole); or where (2) the intern is shadowing employees and not carrying out work themselves (the Shadowing Loophole).
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Unpaid internships – should they be a thing of the past?

The case for and against: should we get rid of unpaid internships?

In our article published this week on HRZone, we consider whether or not the UK should ban unpaid internships. This article looks at the applicability of minimum wage rates to interns and the existing protections that they have in respect of employment law. It also considers what more could be done to safeguard the legal rights of interns and offer equality of opportunity.

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The case for and against: should we get rid of unpaid internships?