Writing for the Independent, Antonia Molloy reports on new Sutton Trust research into unpaid internships.
Graduates are struggling to get on the career ladder because they cannot afford to work for free, research suggests.
Almost a third of young people who have recently left university are working as unpaid interns in a bid to improve their job prospects – but many are losing out because the average placement requires them to stump up around £5,000.
At any one time, there are at least 21,000 people working as unpaid interns in the UK, according to a new analysis by the Sutton Trust.
It warned that unpaid internships are increasingly seen as the first step towards a career in highly competitive professions, such as journalism, politics and law.