Thursday 22 February 2018

Is this the worst job offer? Psychology Masters’ student wanted for just €50 a week

Stock photo: PA
Stock photo: PA
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A job requiring an applicant to have a Masters’ degree in psychology will be paid just €50 a week.

Positive Occupational Wellbeing Resource (POWR) is looking for an Assistant Psychologist to join their Dublin team.

The successful applicant who will receive €50 a week needs to have a Masters’ degree as well as “active approach and planning for PhD in Clinical Psychology or Counselling”. Experience is also necessary.

Recent studies showed that internships remain overwhelmingly popular with 80pc of employers now offering such programmes.

However according to figures revealed in the “Graduate Salary & Graduate Recruitment Trends Survey 2016” 92pc of these internships are now paid, with pay rising to between €1,600 and €1,799 per month.

The study showed that graduates in Dublin received the lowest salaries in the country at €24,000 per year the average starting wage nationally at €28,461.

Surprisingly, computer science and IT weren’t the top earning jobs down from almost four percentage points to 10.8pc, but the salary remains steady at €30,000.

The best paid jobs in are in law, legal services and patents, starting at €38,500. However, they account for just 1.5pc of the graduate jobs available within the survey.

POWR were contacted by but were unable comment.

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