About a third of the posts advertised on W4MP are either paying less than National Minimum Wage or just expenses, travel, lunch costs, etc. While we are happy to accept such ads we are keen that applicants and those placing them are fully aware of National Minimum Wage legislation.
With this in mind, from 20 July 2012 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 legislation.
See http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Employment/Employees/TheNationalMinimumWage/index.htm for more information about National Minimum Wage.
In May 2012 the House of Commons Library revised their Standard Note ‘National Minimum Wage and Volunteers’ and it can be seen here: www.w4mp.org/pdf/SNBT00697.pdf
To clarify: if you have ticked ‘No’ below the question ‘Does this job pay National Minimum Wage or more?’ your ad will automatically have the two paragraphs added.