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.
Minister for Employment Esther McVey has praised the news of average earnings rising above the rate of inflation for the first time in six years.
She said: "More young people are in work, more women are in work, wages are going up, and more and more businesses are hiring - and it's a credit to them that Britain is working again."
Jobseekers face benefit sanctions from the end of the month unless they take steps to make themselves more employable before meeting with an adviser.
Improving jobs market meant it was time to start expecting more of people if they want to claim benefits, the government said.
The move signalled a "fundamental shift" in expectations and would put an end to the "one-way street" of benefits where people start claiming Jobseeker's Allowance by just signing-on without first taking steps to make themselves attractive to employers, ministers said.
Jobseekers will have to take "basic steps" to make themselves employable - including preparing a CV, setting up an email address and registering for the Government's new jobs website - before meeting with an adviser.
Ministers said the change will mean people start their JSA claim ready to look for work and will show they are serious about finding a job as quickly as possible.
We've endured a prolonged period of salary stagnation.But with more jobs being created than at any time in the last five years, for many individuals having a look at the market and considering a change of position will be the most effective route to a pay rise.
– James Reed, chairman of reed.co.uk
It will be key growth sectors requiring specialist skills, such as technology, engineering and science, which offer the greatest opportunity for individuals to increase their salaries.
Despite growth in job vacancies salaries have not increased for a year, according to a new report.
Employment firm reed.co.uk said pay had remained at the same level as the start of 2013 even though the number of new jobs was up by almost a third.
Most jobs are being created in tourism, leisure, estate agency and construction, according to the report.
The UK is the place to be for employment opportunities, employment minister Esther McVey said, after revealing that the country's employment rate is increasing faster than international competitors in Europe and the United States. Ms McVey said:
With our employment rate growing faster than countries like Germany and the US, I believe the UK is now the place to be for the opportunity to get a job, work your way up and achieve your dreams.
With the number of unemployed young people falling for the last six months and 1,000 more people in private sector jobs every day since 2010, the UK is clearly the country for people who want to work hard and get on.
The UK's employment rate is increasing faster than international competitors in Europe and the United States, the Government has said.
An analysis of the latest jobs figures showed the UK's 72% employment rate is higher than the EU average of 64%, better than the US and similar to that in Canada and Japan.
Two-thirds of women are in work - a record 14 million - compared with the EU average of 59%.
New figures revealing a record number of older workers in employment, show that employers see the positive value in employing older staff, Pensions Minister Steve Webb said.
According to the figures, almost nine million people over the age of 50 are now in work. Mr Webb said:
Retaining older workers benefits the whole firm, including younger workers who can learn from the experience and skills of their older colleagues.
We want to build a stronger economy, and older workers have a vital contribution to make to our long-term prosperity and the sustainability of our pension system, as well as their own financial and social well-being.
A record number of older workers are in employment after a big increase in recent years, according to "striking" new figures.
The Government said almost nine million people over the age of 50 are now in work, almost a third of the workforce and a rise of 8.5% since 1992.
Around 1.1 million are aged 65 or over, twice as many as in 1992.
The study, published ahead of the latest unemployment figures on Wednesday, also found that smaller firms were more positive about employment prospects than large companies.
Gerwyn Davies, of the CIPD, said employment growth, normally a lagging indicator of recovery, "seems to have preceded the stronger signs of growth we're now seeing".
– Gerwyn Davies from CIPD
...it is unsurprising that employment intentions are now dipping just as economic growth seems to be taking hold, with employers needing to tackle the major productivity hangover affecting the UK economy.
Weak productivity partly explains why a majority of employers expect to continue awarding below inflation pay rises for their workforce.
Sustainable increases in real wages can only be delivered if organisations can boost productivity, for example through smart investment in the training, development and management of their staff.
The fast pace of growth in employment in recent months could slow slightly, while pay rises are set to remain below inflation, according to a new report.
A survey of 1,000 employers by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that recruitment intentions fell back from 65% of firms last year to 54% now.
One in five employers said they planned to lay off staff in the first quarter of the year. Almost three out of four predicted pay increases will be 2% or less in 2014.