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Graduates 'are exploited' by unpaid internships

Published: Monday, 05 July 2010   Category: Work Experience

Graduates should be aware of being exploited when they agree to take on an internship position, it has been suggested.

Johnny Rich, publisher of realworldmagazine.com, claimed that a number of companies are increasingly capitalising on university leavers' eagerness to secure work experience.

He explained that some are being treated "horrifically" and are being used as "cheap labour", rather than being rewarded financially for the skills they offer to their employers.

"We already have the minimum wage for employees, and a lot of interns doing work are actually taking the place of a paid employee and are not getting much out in return," he said.

"It's OK if you are getting skills or money, or a combination of the two, but if you are not then you are being exploited."

Mr Rich was speaking after the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development claimed that employers should pay a minimum of £2.50 per hour to prevent exploitation.

A recent study by the body found that more than a third (37 per cent) of internships are currently unpaid, leading it to call for the introduction of the 'training wage'.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19874362-ADNFCR

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