UNPAID WORK

UNPAID WORK & THE LAW

Many new entrants see unpaid work experience as the only way in to working in the media. However, the law is very clear about what constitutes as work experience and, generally, if you are doing a job for someone then you should be paid at least the National Minimum Wage.

It doesn't matter if you would happily work for free to gain experience - if you are working and carrying out duties, the law says the company must pay you.

Working for nothing is a vicious circle and simply devalues our craft.

WHEN IS DOING WORK EXPERIENCE OK?

When it is properly paid;

If you are just "shadowing" then NMW rules may not apply;

If the work experience is part of a full-time course organised by the academic institution and the work experience is a required part of that course, then you do not have to be paid.

This is only a very rough guide - contact the organisations listed below for guidance:

More Advice

Please see below for some more useful advice and tips for becoming a professional screen hair and make-up artist.

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