Zero wage Britain: the firms that want you to work for free

We found TV Apprentice winner Mark Wright, Harvey Nichols, the UN – and many others – advertising unpaid internships

Are you multi-skilled, hard working, enthusiastic, flexible? Want to work for winner of TV show The Apprentice Mark Wright’s company, Climb Online? You would be managing his diary, greeting clients, working on projects for up to three months. You will also get “a once in a lifetime opportunity to work for Lord Sugar”.

So far, so good. The downside? There’s no money in it.

Unpaid internships are still a reality in modern Britain, despite campaigners’ efforts to make companies pay interns or stop the practice.

While some internships are arranged privately through contacts, many are still advertised publicly.

Is it not time a bill was debated in parliament to outlaw this practice?