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World – Randstad: Experience trumps education for the young

12 June 2013

Randstad’s quarterly Workmonitor survey has revealed that most employees believe that experience trumps education when it comes to employment opportunities. This is most evident in China where 92% found this to be true, followed closely by the United Kingdom and India where 91% of employees from both countries agreed with this statement.

Slightly fewer people throughout the world believed that this statement was true for people aged 25 or younger. The lowest figures were reported in Denmark with 50% of respondents, and Norway with 52% agreeing that experience was more beneficial. China, again, ranked mostly highly with 90%; followed by Turkey (85%), and the United Kingdom (82%), of employees agreeing that experience was more important for young people than education.

Almost two thirds of respondents believe that it is hard for young people to find suitable jobs. Countries with difficulty economic conditions agreed most, including Greece (91%), Italy (89%), and Spain (89%). Despite this, none of these countries ranked top when asked about moving abroad for the right job. India (73%), Mexico (70%), and China (69%) were most willing, with Denmark (28%), the Czech Republic (30%), and the United States (31%) least likely to move country.

However, employees from Spain were the second most willing to secure a job in exchange for a reduced salary with 63%; India ranked top with 69%.  And Spain ranked highest for employees who would rather have a temporary job than be unemployed (94%), the lowest ranked is India (76%).

Younger employees also responded that temporary work placements were more suitable for younger, rather than older, employees with most respondents believing that temporary work can be a stepping stone to permanent employment. This was especially true in Malaysia (89%), France (88%), and Poland (88%). 

In every country in the Randstad study, most employees would use a recruitment agency to find a job. Brazil (93%), Mexico (89%), and Spain (87%) rank most highly in this respect while in  Sweden (55%), Germany (56%), and Norway (65%) it is less common to do so.

Across the globe the proportion of employees actively seeking new jobs has fallen by -1% since Q1 2013, and is currently sitting at 12%. 


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