Why cautiously? Because at the same time as believing that people should be paid their worth, we also recognise that getting valuable work experience is crucial for inexperienced employees & anything that creates a barrier to that is not helpful.
Like so many things we find ourselves wishing we were in charge & could find a solution that would benefit employers & prospective interns. Perhaps a strict time limit on unpaid work experience? Maybe an “intern rate” along the lines of the apprentice rate with strict parameters about how & when it is applicable? Or other options that we haven’t even considered yet?
What would encourage you to give an inexperienced worker a chance to gain some skills in your business?