Charging for Internships really is the lowest of the low...

Very few things make me angry. For those that read this blog regularly you’ll know there are many things that cause me to jump on my high horse and climb on a soapbox however if you know me personally then I hope you’ll agree that there are very few things that make me genuinely gut wrenchingly angry. A company called Etsio and their business model though are one of the very few exceptions to this rule. For those of you who have missed out on hearing about this spectacularly unscrupulous company I suggest you take at a look at these links:

http://graduatefog.co.uk/2011/1779/etsio-pay-to-work-for-free/

http://www.recruiter.co.uk/interns-willing-to-pay-for-work-experience/1011919.article

http://www.recruiter.co.uk/internship-company-etsio-targets-recruitment-industry/1012090.article

For those of you who haven’t got time to read about them in depth, a quick summary. Etsio acts as an agent for companies who want to charge unemployed graduates for internships. Yes you read that correctly Etsio’s clients are happy to charge desperate young people up to £200 a day for the privilege of working for them. Etsio justifies this by claiming it is “training” and not employment but the copy on their website and actual “jobs” listed paint a very different picture

It would seem that that legality of this enterprise is down to the legal semantics of the words “training” and “employee” however I think most people would agree that the morality of such an operation is slightly more clear cut

I’m writing this blog post because I’m worried that this could be the thin end of the wedge and feel very strongly that our industry needs to make a stand against such practices. Bill Boorman has set up a petition here and I hope that if you feel as strongly as I do about this you’ll sign it and encourage others in your network to do the same.