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UK – Employment prospects improve for young jobseekers

20 August 2014

Job prospects for young people are picking up with nearly two thirds (64%) of employers having hired a young person in the last year, according to the latest JobsOutlook survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC).

Employers placed the highest value (47%) on a young person’s attitude when weighing up whether to make a job offer or not. The survey also showed that although one in five (20%) employers are interested in the level of qualification young people achieve (e.g. A Level or GSCE), only 4% said that specific exam results and grades are the most important factor when making a hiring decision.

JobsOutlook revealed that job market growth looks set to continue throughout the year with eight out of 10 employers (79%) planning to increase their permanent staff in the next 12 months. More than a third (35%) had no spare capacity in their current workforce to handle more work should demand increase further.

Kevin Green, CEO of the REC, said: “It’s the best time in six years to be a young person coming into the jobs market. Employer hiring intentions are high and more employers are reaching capacity with their existing workforce and will have to take on new staff.”

“Qualifications can be a good indicator of ability but our survey shows employers place a high value on attitude. Our advice is young people need to think about how they project a positive, can-do attitude when applying for jobs,” he added.

This month’s JobsOutlook report shows that:

  • 86% of employers plan to increase their permanent staff in the next three months.
  • 79% of employers plan increase their permanent staff in the next four to twelve months.
  • 47% plan to increase their temporary staff in the next three months.
  • 44% plan to increase their temporary staff in the next four to twelve months.

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