My internship is only for limited hours. Does this affect what rights I am entitled to at work?

It is generally unlawful for an employer to treat part-time workers less favourably than full-time workers unless there are good objective reasons justifying the different treatment.

Provided you meet the definition of a 'worker', you may have the right to be paid the same rate of pay and to receive the same bonuses and pension entitlements as a full-time worker who is doing the same or a similar job.

Part-time workers are entitled to equal treatment on a pro rata basis, i.e. in proportion to the hours that they work.

In some instances, an employer may be able legally to justify paying a part-time worker less than a full-time worker (e.g. because they have fewer skills or qualifications, or less experience than the full-time worker). But an employer cannot pay them less just because they work part-time.

Visit the GOV.UK website for more information about part-time workers' rights.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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