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Societal mobility takes another knock April 26, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Useful piece in the Guardian recently on the phenomenon of ‘unpaid full-time internships’ which as the paper notes tends to operate in a very specific way in class terms…

A report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) thinktank earlier this month warned that poorer young people are missing out on jobs because firms increasingly require candidates to work for nothing.

Unpaid internships are legal if they are part of a placement attached to a university course, in which case they are limited to a year. However,, if an intern is classed as a worker, they will normally be due the national minimum wage.

And perhaps predictably:

However, the Institute of Directors, which represents company bosses, warned against forcing employers to pay interns.

Seamus Nevin, head of employment and skills at the lobby group, said the IoD encourages firms to pay interns “appropriately”. But he added: “We would fear that obliging all employers to pay interns might prove counterproductive.”

How so?


1. roddy - April 26, 2017

We are going backwards more than 60 or 70 years with this kind of carry on.I have an elderly relative now in his 80s who once told me about working for no wages for his first year in a garage.I told everyone about his shocking treatment,not realising that it could ever be tolerated in this day and age.


2. aidan (@amaodhan) - April 26, 2017

Aren’t the Guardian themselves quite a notorious culprit when it comes to unpaid internships?


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