Exclusive: Firm offers three months "work experience" - for no pay
07 December 2012
A law firm is offering what looks suspiciously like a full time job on absolutely no pay.
Bond Solicitors, a firm in Canary Wharf, is looking to recruit
someone for a minimum period of three months, from 10am to 5pm five days a week. Candidates need to have a good degree and have passed the LPC, and will conduct legal research, deal with filing and handle case administration.
In other words, a paralegal position. Err, no. Apparently this is "work experience
", and the firm stresses that "this vacancy is unpaid
". So that's a minimum of three months' work without even getting a bus fare. Talk about tight as a duck's arse...
But isn't there some law about a minimum wage? The national minimum wage must be paid
to those on work experience unless they're a student doing work experience as part of a higher education course, of compulsory school age (ie generally under 17), doing voluntary work, on a government or European programme or doing work shadowing. Three months full time - that's an awful lot of shadowing.
A spokesman for Bonds declined to comment.