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Internships threaten diversity in the creative industries

Diversity in the creative industries is threatened by the prevalence of internships, which act as a barrier to social mobility, a new report by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has concluded.

It is calling on Government to place limits on employers’ use of unpaid interns.

Analysis of online jobs postings found that the arts, entertainment and recreation sector advertises a disproportionally high number of internships, compared with other sectors.

It also found that young people working in creative professions were more likely to have had a parent working in a professional occupation while growing up, and are less likely to be from an ethnic minority background than the working population as a whole.

Read the full story from Arts Professional here.

Posted on 21 April 2017

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