Fashion houses are the latest to be hit with scandal about not paying their intern enough. HMRC have been writing to a number of designer labels that exhibited at London Fashion Week in September 2011, warning them about non-payment of the National Minimum Wage.

“These letters give fashion houses plenty of warning that they are under scrutiny. If they are not playing by the rules, now is the time to put things right. Non-payment of the national minimum wage is not an option.

“Our message is clear: don’t wait for us to come knocking on your door; put things right now and avoid a penalty and possible prosecution.”

Michelle Wyer, HMRC’s assistant director for National Minimum Wage