HMRC has recently issued a press release confirming that it is cracking down on employers in the music industry who are engaging interns but failing to pay the National Minimum Wage.

Michelle Wyer, HMRC’s Assistant Director, National Minimum Wage, said:

“Non-payment of the National Minimum Wage is not an option, it’s the law, and we’re letting the music industry know that we’ve got them in our sights. If they are not playing by the rules, now is the time to put things in order.

“Last year we fined over around 800 employers, so our message is clear: if you are not paying your interns, but should be, come forward now and put things right to avoid a penalty.”

The rate of the National minimum wage rises annually on 1 October.