Do charities have to pay their interns?


We think that if charities want the most talented workers, and not just those who can afford to work for free, then they should pay their interns a fair wage. The law gives charities an exemption from minimum wage legislation, allowing them to call employees “voluntary workers” and not pay. We’re worried that too many charities are exploiting this loophole, recruiting unpaid interns instead of paying staff properly. Have a look at this great report on “ethics and interns” in the charity sector by our friends at Public World.