Interns – to pay or not to pay?

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A recent study published in the Daily Telegraph has shown that it can cost up to £1,000 for a new graduate to fund themselves during work placements with top employers.

The cost of taking on an unpaid internship is beyond the means of the vast majority of candidates, despite the lure of high future rewards and career paths with large employers.

Access for graduates to work placements would be significantly enhanced if interns were paid the National Minimum Wage by employers, if their time in post lasts for over one month.

Whilst a number of employers do make a contribution towards expenses incurred by employers, they should be proactive in considering payment to allow fairer access to opportunities for all.

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