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People in graduate work experience should get 'training wage'

Published: Monday, 10 January 2011   Category: Work Experience

University-leavers employed in graduate work experience or internships should get a nominal training wage, according to a leading business group.

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) say people taking part in graduate work experience should receive a wage of £2.50 per hour.

The business group say that the wage would increase productivity and warn that companies who employ people in long-term unpaid roles could be breaking the law.

CIPD released a report called Blueprint for Growth on Friday (January 7th); in it, the group outlines plans that would boost the labour market and improve employment practice.

Dr John Philpott, CIPD's chief economist said that a training wage for people working over three months would not only be fairer, it would also increase Britain's productivity.

"There needs to be a step-change in the UK's leadership and people management skills if we are to close productivity gaps with our international competitors," he said.

In the report, the business group also recommend that companies extend flexible working opportunities to all employees.

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