Over 16,000 people were surveyed by recruitment website staffbay.com, which revealed that far from British workers being lazy and motivated by wages, as some have dubbed them, 68 per cent said they would go without wages to get the job they coveted – with 10 per cent of them prepared for work for three months without pay.
The news comes in the week after Geology graduate Cait Reilly successfully argued at the Appeal Court that her unpaid work placement at Poundland – a British variety store chain which sells every item in its stores for £1 – which she had been required to do to continue to receive benefits, breached laws on forced labour.
Tony Wilmot, co-founder of staffbay.com, said: “These results tell us two things: that British workers are far from lazy; and that some people will go to extraordinary lengths to impress their employers.
"We certainly don’t think that Britain’s job seekers want something for nothing, and this survey proves it. They’re obviously prepared to get Britain’s economy moving again – and for free.
“With so many job seekers now applying for the same position, many in the jobs market are having to settle for second-best.”
Job seekers are indeed having to think of innovative ways to stand-out to employers. Adam Pacitti, who rose to prominence last month after he spent his last £500 on a billboard advertisement outlining his availability to work, found work at a design agency.
He has since taken another billboard ad out to thank those who supported him during this job search.
Elliot Kidd, co-founder of staffbay.com said: “As Adam himself pointed out in the press: ‘Employers are bored of looking at a sheet of A4 paper. Do something different.’"
He added: “Adam’s original billboard advertisement alerted employers to his website where they could watch a video CV he’d put together. One and a half million people saw the video, and now Adam has landed himself a job.
“I congratulate Adam for the innovative way he’s gone about promoting himself – job seekers everywhere should take note. Our survey shows that by going the extra mile to attract the attention of employers, job seekers can find the job they’ve always dreamed of.”
Figures for unemployment suggest that unemployment is falling
, but a closer look at the figures
reveal that under the Office for National Statistics’ guidelines, ‘employment’ covers not just employees, the self-employed and those in a family business, but also “those on government-supported training and employment programmes”, people who are actually not in fact working.