To say the answer we got is clear-cut is an understatement. By an overwhelming majority you came back with a resounding ‘No.’ Fair enough, with immediate effect commission-only jobs have been binned, although any current posted jobs will remain until their expiry date.
It certainly reinforces our own thinking: students and graduates come to us looking for paid work.
Interestingly, when registered charities post voluntary jobs the response rate does not dip, which just goes to show that students still recognise the value of voluntary work both for their CV and for their soul!
So for the time being at least, all jobs on studentgems.com will either be voluntary (for registered charities ONLY), or paid jobs. None of your ‘unpaid-internships-because-there-may-be-a-full-time-job-at-the-end-of-it’ or ‘work-experience-because-it-will-look-good-on-your-CV-and-I’ll-try-to-give-you-more-interesting-work-than-just-photocopying’ on our site.
With over 25,000 users now registered with studentgems (over 21,000 students and more than 4,000 employers) quality paid work remains a priority.
We know we won’t change how some employers think students and graduates don’t need to be paid, but we have plenty of employers who agree with us that there is no justification for not paying fairly. We are working hard to increase the number of paid jobs on the site (72 and counting) – not as many as we would like but as one well-known brand says “Every little helps!”