All work and no pay: consequences of unpaid work experience in the creative industries

Siebert, S. and Wilson, F. (2013) All work and no pay: consequences of unpaid work experience in the creative industries. Work, Employment and Society, 27(4), pp. 711-721. (doi: 10.1177/0950017012474708)

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This research note evaluates the benefits and pitfalls of unpaid work as an entry route into employment in the creative industries and investigates the consequences of this practice for those who already work in the sector. Based on a qualitative study of perspectives of stakeholders in unpaid work, this article argues that the social capital thesis, often used as a rationale for unpaid work, inadequately explains the practice of unpaid work experience, primarily because it does not take cognisance of the consequences of this practice for other people working in the sector. The study also highlights methodological issues that need to be considered in the future. As well as the importance of a plurality of stakeholder perspectives, the study emphasizes the need to consider the perspectives of those who are excluded from unpaid work and those who are potentially displaced by it.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Keston-Siebert, Professor Sabina and Wilson, Professor Fiona
Authors: Siebert, S., and Wilson, F.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management
Journal Name:Work, Employment and Society
ISSN (Online):1469-8722
Published Online:20 May 2013
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 Sage
First Published:First published in Work, Employment and Society 27(4):711-721
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
565791Voluntary Work Experience in Events ManagementSabina SiebertHigher Education Academy (H E A)UNSPECIFIEDBUS - MANAGEMENT