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Some graduates are only worth unpaid internships


The topic of unpaid internships has caused a media explosion this year. Last week, HMRC announced its intention to target 200 employers who have recently advertised for unpaid interns. Despite popular opinion, I struggle to understand why these companies are coming under fire.

Employers shouldn’t be expected to pay for interns who bring no value to their business. Many companies are doing interns a favour, not the other way around. We don’t live in a society where we can pat ourselves on the back for simply having a degree. It’s not enough: organisations want skilled workers in today’s job market.

I’m not saying that all graduates should be forced into free labour after university. Those who have used their time wisely whilst studying definitely shouldn’t be doing unpaid work. But there’s a huge distinction between those who have taken advantage of the opportunities university offers and those who haven’t.