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UK Sport, whose government website hosted a Reading FC job advertisement for an unpaid analyst intern position, said it would like to work with intern organisations to ensure best practice is adhered to:
The organisation distanced itself from the job posting and said its hosting of the advertisement did not amount to an endorsement of the role:
Employment minister Jo Swinson urged interns who felt they were being exploited to call a hotline: "The law on the National Minimum Wage is clear. If somebody on a work experience placement or internship is a worker under NMW legislation, then they are entitled to the minimum wage."
"Internships can be a valuable way of helping young people get into work and realise their ambitions," she said.
"Anyone who feels they are being exploited should contact the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368."
The Employment Minister Jo Swinson has handed the details of 100 companies accused of breaking the law by using unpaid interns in paid roles to HM Revenue and Customs.
A spokesman for HMRC said it did not comment on individual investigations.
Employers break the law if they fill full-time positions, that would be subject to national minimum wage rules, with unpaid interns.
Intern Aware has campaigned for HMRC to investigate companies which break the law.
Co-director Ben Lyons said he was pleased Ms Swinson had decided to pass the list of employers on to HMRC.
But he added: "This is only the start and a lot more needs to be done."
The details of 100 companies accused of breaking the law by using unpaid interns in paid roles have been handed to HM Revenue and Customs (HRMC) by Employment Minister Jo Swinson.
Ms Swinson told Intern Aware that its claims about unnamed employers broke the law could be used as intelligence by officials at HMRC.
In a letter to the campaign group, she said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank Intern Aware for their help and continued support on this issue.
"The list of employers that you provided will be treated as intelligence by HMRC. Intelligence forms part of the risk process by helping to identify sectors where there is a higher likelihood of non-compliance."
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Premier League club Reading has been criticised for seeking to appoint full-time university-educated staff on an entirely unpaid basis.