Publishing group Penguin Random House UK will pay all work experience participants the National Living Wage – currently £7.50 an hour – and offer accommodation support for candidates who live outside of London.
The London-based organisation will pay a salary of £262.50 a week to participants on its two-week work experience programme of 450 placements a year.
The publisher will offer subsidised accommodation in conjunction with The Book Trade Charity, as part of a pilot scheme, to make the programme more accessible to people from outside of London.
Although internships at Penguin Random House UK are already fully paid, work experience candidates previously only received travel and food expenses.
The new pay measure forms part of a broader organisational strategy to encourage greater diversity and inclusivity in the publishing sector.