UK tax inspectors are investigating Goal.com, which bills itself as the “world’s largest football website”, over its widespread use of unpaid interns, the Guardian can reveal.
The site has confirmed it uses a roster of 30 unpaid interns across seven days a week to file match reports and write other content for its UK edition.
The way they seem to work it is that you do a 6 hour shift a week or something (so very much not just hanging around an office type interning) actually producing akin to freelance material for the site. If you’re good at it, when a real job opens up, you get a shot at the real job. Some to all of those with real jobs seem to have started as interns.
I’m not sure I would say that this is interning actually. Looks more like unpaid apprenticeship to me.
But apparently this is all illegal.
Hmm. So just where is this fine line between “unpaid intern” and “unpaid freelance”?
Do we now say that Telegraph Blogs is illegal (some are paid, some are not)? Huffington Post?
A bit of a can of worms I think and it’s going to be interesting seeing how it all falls out. Just what is that definition of unpaid work that is illegal, what is unpaid work that is legal?
Hell, everyone knows that the letters page of a local newspaper is the most read part. Should we be getting minimum wage for writing them now?