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.