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A survey by the REC reveals recruiters consider Attitude ‘more important’ than academic scores, when hiring young job candidates.

The industry survey by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation (REC) found that employers are placing greater value on the attitude of young people as the primary factor for selection. Of the 200 employers surveyed, 47% suggested attitude was the most important factor, with only 20% saying that the candidate’s qualification were their primary focus.

Furthermore, only 4% admitted to giving careful consideration to the specific acedemic result that the candidate achieved. The results of this recent survey are in line with the findings published in a previous research study undertaken by the UKCES in 2013.

With regards to young candidates being placed; the REC released that almost two thirds of organisations had employed someone under 25 in the past 12 months.

Additionally, the Office for National Statistics have announced that the number of NEETs (16 to 24 years olds – Not in Education, Employment or Training) in April to June 2014 has fallen to 955,000, a drop of 138,000 from the previous year.

The fresh findings from the REC show that companies are becoming more open to employing young people, with the aim of nurturing their talent within the organisation. This highlights the shift in hiring culture by businesses, that they are more prepared to find the right, young person first and develop necessary skills, rather than to spend more money on a more established candidate.


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