14 unsalaried staff- an all-time record?

This message came in the post. We’ve heard about offices of 10 people run by interns….but never 14…

16 staff, plus the boss. Only two are salaried. Thirteen languages spoken by 14 people, with 17 university degrees. The daily wage covers rent. Just. It represents about two thirds of the national minimum wage. There is no sick-day allowance, and no paid leave.

Last week I worked 59 hours. I ate at my desk. This is normal. My name does not appear on any of the work I produce, or any of the correspondence I write.

We  work less than 2km from the International Labour Organisation, in a city ranked as 5th most expensive in the world. (Mercer 2010 cost of  living ranking)

14 people, who want to use their skills to improve the lives of the other 7 billion.

We  hear that the global economy may be recovering. But what should the generation do who fell into the employment black hole, where real jobs  were replaced by internships? “Unpaid, full-time, 6 months minimum, PhD  preferred…”

14 people, who represent many more.

We  don’t have savings, we’re graduates. We have debt. And we didn’t accumulate that debt at some of the best universities in the world in order to spend our lives on the same terms as our high-school work experience.

Experience is valuable. So is a salary.


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3 Responses to “14 unsalaried staff- an all-time record?”

  1. 1 Andy 05/19/2011 at 2:20 pm

    Shocking! Name the blighters!

  2. 2 frankie 05/19/2011 at 3:11 pm

    You should speak to the press about this..(me) – contact the Daily Star Sunday desk 0208 612 7084 and ask for Frankie! x

  3. 3 Helen Collins 05/23/2011 at 3:23 pm

    Hi – I’d really like to talk to you about your experience as an intern. Please email me at vanda6858@gmail.com or call me on 07552 574664. Everything is in the strictest confidence. Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

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