About 10% of the posts advertised on W4MP are either paying less than National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage or cover only expenses, travel, lunch costs, etc. While we are happy to accept ads for unpaid roles if they fulfil our criteria, we are keen that applicants and those placing them are fully aware of National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage legislation.
With this in mind all such ads will have the following two paragraphs automatically added by W4MP as part of the ‘Job Details’ section of the ad:
The role being advertised is a voluntary one. As such, there are no set hours and responsibilities and you should be free to come and go as you wish. If the post demands set hours and/or has a specific job description you may be deemed to be a ‘worker’ and be covered by National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage legislation.
See http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/TheNationalMinimumWage/index.htm for more information about National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage.
In February 2015 the House of Commons Library revised their Standard Note ‘National Minimum Wage and Volunteers’. It can be seen at reasearchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN00697.
To clarify: if you have ticked ‘No’ below the question ‘Does this job pay National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage or more?’ your ad will automatically have the two paragraphs added.