Graduates believe they are being 'exploited' by PR agencies

Many recent graduates believe they are being exploited by PR agencies, as competition for jobs intensifies.

'Exploited': graduates
'Exploited': graduates

PRWeek spoke to a number of young people who are working for agencies for free. One current PR intern said: 'If I had asked for money with the placement I am doing, I am guessing that I would not have been picked. There are people interested in the same role who would have done it for free.'

A lack of graduate placements at agencies is understood to have led to increasing numbers of young people undertaking unpaid internships to get a foot in the door. PRCA boss Francis Ingham warned this should not lead to graduates being treated as 'cannon fodder'.

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