Unpaid work

Unpaid work can take on different forms - from vocational placements, unpaid internships, unpaid work experience and unpaid trials. They are entered into for a number of reasons. These include:

  • to give a person experience in a job or industry
  • to test a person’s job skills
  • to volunteer time and effort to a not-for-profit organisation.

With some of these arrangements it’s okay not to pay the person doing the work. With other arrangements the person is actually an employee and should be paid.

Find out about types of unpaid work arrangements and some of the problems that can occur with:

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