Response to unpaid trial shifts

Thursday 15 March 2018

Response to unpaid trial shifts 

YWTResponding to reports today (Thursday 15 March) that young prospective hospitality workers are being forced to do unpaid trial shifts, which in some cases are exploitative and excessively long, Young Women’s Trust chief executive Dr Carole Easton OBE said: 

“Exploiting workers through unpaid “trial shifts” needs to stop.

“Recruitment processes should fairly assess merit, not simply provide free labour. Many young people are desperate for work and struggling to make ends meet. Companies are wrong to take advantage of that.”


Notes to editor:

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
  2. Stewart McDonald MP will be taking a Private Member’s Bill forward to ban unpaid trial shifts on Friday 16 March 2018.
  3. For more information or to speak to a young woman from the Young Women’s Trust advisory panel, please contact Bex Bailey on or 07963018281.