Premier League club Reading has been criticised for seeking to appoint full-time university-educated staff on an entirely unpaid basis.
Labour have unveiled plans for getting the long-term unemployed back to work in a move calculated to distinguish them from the Tories.
An unemployed graduate has used his last £500 on a billboard advert to try and get himself a job.
The divide in the jobs market between the north and south of England has widened dramatically, leaving many northerners out in the cold when looking for work.
It is now 100 times more difficult to get a job in Salford than it is in Cambridge, new data has revealed.
Adzuna, a classified ads search engine behind the data, warned the divide was so great that nine out of ten of the top places for jobs were in the south of England. Nine of the worst areas were in the north, Adzuna said.
There were a record high number of vacancies last month, Adzuna said, with 748,923 jobs up for grabs although they were mostly concentrated in the south.
A construction boom in the south is partly being blamed for widening gap between the north and south job markets.
The news comes as a new report by the Money Advice Service identified the five most over indebted areas, all of which are in the north of England.
Competition for jobs has eased, but more than 70 people are still chasing every vacancy in parts of the country, according to a new report.
A study by jobs search engine Adzuna found huge regional differences, with 72 jobseekers for every vacancy in Salford, compared with fewer than one in Aberdeen, Cambridge, Guildford and Winchester.
Nine of the top 10 hardest places to find a job last month were in the north, led by Salford, Sunderland and Hull, although competition for work has fallen in Manchester and Newcastle in the past six months.
The latest unemployment figures are due to be released tomorrow but in Scotland the situation for 16 to 24-year-olds is slightly better than the rest of the UK.
The Scottish government has developed its own approach to education and training for young people with their own Youth Employment Minister coordinating the scheme.
ITV News' Economic Editor Richard Edgar investigates why Westminster may soon be looking at how Scotland has improved youth employment rates:
More than 800,000 British jobs are being advertised to foreign workers across the European Union on a website funded by the European Commission.
The website EURES lists a total of more than 1.4 million vacancies across the EU, with the UK making up more than 50% of them.
Foreign jobseekers are also being offered up to £900 to cover travelling costs to the UK for interviews, while UK employers can receive a £1,000 bonus for taking on a non-British worker, the Telegraph reported.
It comes at a time when Conservative business minister Matthew Hancock is urging UK firms to employ young British workers rather than better-qualified immigrants.
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:
We would welcome the opportunity to discuss the issue this particular vacancy has raised with an organisation such as Interns Aware, to ensure the organisations advertising on our website are adhering to best practice guidelines.
The organisation distanced itself from the job posting and said its hosting of the advertisement did not amount to an endorsement of the role:
UK Sport provides a free service for advertising vacancies to help the sporting community find the best people for various opportunities across the UK.
The majority are salaried positions but in keeping with many other websites we do accept internships and voluntary roles as they can be important to sport, as well as those looking to progress their career in this competitive industry.
It is important to recognise these are not UK Sport roles, nor is UK Sport endorsing the advertised positions.
– UK Sport spokesperson
We gain no benefit, financial or otherwise from providing this free service which is designed to give sports organisations the opportunity to promote roles within their organisation as widely as possible.
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."
– Spokesman for the Department of Business
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. Anyone who feels they are being exploited should contact the Pay and Work Rights Helpline.
Their call will be fast-tracked to HMRC who actively investigate any claims of NMW abuse.
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."