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News & Press: Diversity & Inclusion

Unpaid internships are damaging to social mobility

25 October 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tej Rai-Danells

New poll reveals that the majority of the UK public support a legal ban on unpaid internships and unpaid work experience lasting more than four weeks.

An overwhelming majority of the UK public support the introduction of a legal ban on unpaid internships lasting 4 weeks or more.

New polling data released by the Social Mobility Commission, found that 72% of the public back a change in the law - with 42% ‘strongly supporting’ a ban.

The survey also reveals that 80% of people want companies to be required to openly advertise internships and work experience opportunities, rather than organise them informally.

Click here to view the full story, and click here to see the full briefing paper from the Social Mobility Commission.