I previously talked about why people take unpaid roles here. Here are some reasons why companies or people offer unpaid roles in the first place:
(Unpaid roles are illegal in parts of the world so most of the time they are tied to another intangible item.)
- Certain work can be done by someone with no or little experience while the hired person does more important work.
- The company can't pay the person because they don't have the budget but the work needs to get done.
- The company is trying to offer an experience for someone without paying them.
- The company is testing the person out by offering work.
Most of the unpaid roles go into one of these categories: opportunistic, experience, exploitation, and exploration.
Depending on the unpaid role, it can be beneficial for both parties but it does have limitations and expectations have to be met equally to have a pleasant experience. Here are some things to consider when offering an unpaid role:
- Can the right candidate afford to take the role?
- Can you get a diverse pool of candidates to apply for the role?
- Does the candidate understand the role expectations?
- Is the candidate expecting more out of the role than it is intended for?
- Does the manager have enough time to actually teach new things for the candidate?