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ERIC Number: ED559239
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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Internship or Indenture? Research Brief. Edition 2
Sutton Trust
This brief analyzes the latest higher education data and government wage statistics to examine the number of unpaid graduate interns in the United Kingdom and the cost to an individual of doing an unpaid internship. It also includes newly published Ipsos Mori polling on attitudes to unpaid internships. Key findings in this brief include: (1) 31% of university graduates working as interns are doing so for no pay. It is estimated that there are at least 21,000 unpaid interns working in the United Kingdom at any one time; (2) A six month unpaid internship will cost a single person living in London a minimum of £5,556 (£926 a month), and £4,728 (£788 a month), in Manchester, excluding transport costs; and (3) 70% of people aged 16-75 in England agree unpaid internships "are unfair because only people from wealthy families are likely to be able to work for a significant period without pay." Recommendations include: (1) All internships longer than one month should be paid at least the national minimum of £6.50 per hour, and preferably the National Living Wage of £7.85 (or London Living Wage--£9.15--in London); (2) Internship positions should be advertised publicly, rather than being filled informally; and (3) Recruitment processes should be fair, transparent, and based on merit.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Sutton Trust (England)
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom