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Hiring an Intern

At present there is no legal definition of an intern, usually it’s describes as someone who comes in to a workplace for a limited time to increase their knowledge of the work environment.

An intern's pay is dependant on what they are classed as, which covers their tasks. A worker is ‘an individual who works under a contract of employment, or undertakes to perform work personally for another where the relationship is not one of the client or customer’. These people are covered under the same basic employment rights as normal employees, thus have to be paid at least the national minimum wage. The only other paid employees would be apprentices, these are people set up on a scheme or training programme for assisted help and for them to gain knowledge of the industry.


National Minimum Wage Rate

Year 21 and over 18 to 20 Under 18


2014 (Current Rate) £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68
2013  £6.19 £4.98 £3.68 £2.65
2011 £6.08 £4.98 £3.68 £2.60
2010 £5.93 £4.92 £3.64 £2.50


There are exemptions to interns who are entitled to pay:

  • Students doing a first degree or teacher training who are working for up to 12 months as a compulsory part of their course.
  • Volunteer workers employed by a charity or voluntary organisation.
  • Specific groups such as homeless people exchanging work for shelter.


Having an intern can be beneficial to any company, and at Job Heaven we can advertise any internships you have to the best candidates, including recent graduates. Just register with us for free and see what we can offer you.