Labour will ban unpaid internships

Unpaid internships lasting longer than four weeks would be banned by Labour if it wins power in next May’s general election.

The i paper has learnt that the party will announce on Tuesday that interns working full time would be paid at least the national minimum wage after four weeks.

Labour believes that thousands of highly able young people are “locked out” of many professions because they cannot afford to work for nothing – and that companies do not always recruit the best people as a result.

The biggest change in the professional jobs market has been the boom in unpaid internships. There are now around 100,000 internship opportunities a year; most in London and many unpaid

What Liam Byrne, the shadow Minister for Universities, Science and Skills, will say tomorrow.

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