Skillset Guidelines
National Minimum Wage

If an individual is performing as a ‘worker’ then they must be paid at least the National Minimum Wage, currently £6.50 per hour for those aged 21 and above.

Future rates will be available on the website

A ‘worker’ is defined as someone who works under a contract of employment (written or implied) whereby there is an obligation on the individual to perform the work and an obligation on the employer to provide the work.

The exceptions to this legislation are if the work experience placement is part of a further or higher education course and does not exceed one year, or if an individual is undertaking a placement that consists entirely of shadowing.

If the individual is engaged as a ‘volunteer’ the National Minimum Wage does not apply. However, a ‘volunteer’ does not have any form of contract, is not under any obligation to perform work and is free to come and go as they please.

There is also a specific exemption in National Minimum Wage legislation for ‘voluntary workers’ who work for a charity, a voluntary organisation, an associated fund raising body or a statutory body. However, specific conditions must be met. These are that the person must not receive any monetary payments, except reimbursement of expenses, nor any benefits (except the provision of reasonable subsistence and accommodation). This exemption is designed to allow people who genuinely wish to work without profit for good causes to continue to do so without fear of qualifying for the National Minimum Wage.

Further advice can be sought from the Pay and Work Rights helpline on 0800 917 2368.

Creative Skillset 
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Creative Skillset empowers the Creative Industries to develop skills and talent; they do this by influencing and shaping policy, ensuring quality and by securing the vital investment for individuals to become the best in their field and for businesses to grow. As the industry skills body for the Creative Industries, Creative Skillset works across film, television, radio, animation, games, visual effects, fashion, textiles, publishing, advertising, marketing communications and performing arts.

Creative Skillset Guidelines
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Please remember that all opportunities advertised through My First Job In Film must adhere to the Creative Skillset Guidelines for Work Placement Schemes in the Creative Industries. It is therefore essential that you familiarise yourself with them: 

Work Experience
Rules on the National Minimum Wage