Placement UK Welcomes HMRC Crackdown on Unscrupulous Internship Employers

Great! We wholeheartedly support this.

Placement students deserve to be offered a decent allowance to provide for their essential needs whilst on placement (and maybe the odd luxury too!).

‘HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is targeting 200 employers who recently advertised internships to check they are paying people properly. The agency, which is responsible for enforcing the national minimum wage, will carry out “targeted checks”. The move comes as the government outlines new guidance to young interns to ensure they are properly paid.’

Full article here:

And of course there is no need for concern if you are a customer of Placement UK, or thinking of becoming one.

Placement UK clients can rest assured that:
◾Placement UK only works with employers who offer a decent placement allowance. We never work with employers who want free labour.
◾Placement UK only supplies placement students who are still in full time education. This is fully legal and ethical.
◾Placement UK operates on a 100% legal and ethical basis
◾By (properly) engaging placement students and interns, you are doing a good thing – not only for your business, but for the student and society as a whole.

As we all know, the media can sometimes hype things up and leave out inconvenient but important details. Let us explain the situation calmly and accurately.

What this headline does not make clear is that they are only targeting those employers advertising unpaid internships to school leavers and graduates. They are not referring to those offering placements to students who are still in full time education, which is what we supply.

We sought clarification by calling the official government ‘Pay and Work Rights Helpline’ on 0800 917 2368. They have confirmed this in a detailed email (hyperlink to blog entry 2).

You can see the full government ‘guidance’ here.