Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill

30 June 2017


The Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill will ensure the prohibition of unpaid work experience for a period exceeding four weeks with the same employer.


The Bill, which was first announced in June 2016, has begun its passage again through the Houses of Parliament.


Geographical extent - When the Bill becomes the Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Act 2017, it will extend to the whole of the UK.


The Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) Bill will amend the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 to ensure persons participating in a scheme designed to provide work experience, for a continuous or non-continuous period which exceeds four weeks, are paid beyond this point at least the relevant minimum wage rate.


The Regulations provide that a person undertaking work experience who has ceased to be of compulsory school age, but has not attained the age of 26, is eligible to receive the national minimum wage at the rate specified for workers of the person’s age.