The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
A government watchdog isto investigate whether graduates employed on unpaid, long-term internships during the recession are being exploited.
Unpaid internships are becoming increasingly common in several industries, but it seems MPs may be most guilty of all.
In its annual review, due to be published in the new year, the Low Pay Commission is expected to recommend a review on internships amid concerns that companies are taking advantage of surplus graduate labour during the recession.It appears MPs in particular are guilty of usingunpaid interns as workloads mount in the run up up to next year’s general election.
The National Minimum Wage Act stipulates that interns who actively work during a placement should be paid. Nevertheless, as the job market continues to shrink more and more young people are being forced to accept unpaid positions.
New Deal of the Mind continues to campaign for paid internships. The proliferation of unpaid positions predates the recession and such a trend offers unfair advantage to the sons and daughters of wealthy families who can afford to work for free.
In light of recent criticism of its failure to improve social mobilty during its tenure in office, the Government would do well to consider a greater comittment to ensuring paid internships for all.