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19th March, 2012

A survey of over 1,000 jobseekers found the vast majority strongly agree that local and central government should encourage organisations to employ more interns and apprentices, according to Hays, the leading recruiting expert. When asked which type of qualification or training would help young people succeed in their career, on the job training (93%), apprenticeships (90%) and internships (84%) topped the table compared to 78% who said degrees, clearly showing that workplace training is considered to be the best route to career development.

The overwhelming majority of jobseekers also disagreed with the negative stereotypes and anti-internship feeling that has been growing recently. Over half of respondents (53%) disagreed that companies often use internships just to get free labour. They still think internships and apprenticeships are quite or very effective in helping young people succeed in their careers.

Charles Logan, Director at Hays comments, “In a highly competitive and crowded job market, internships and other career training schemes are increasingly important to make sure employees can get a foot in the door, make their CV stand out from the crowd and continue to learn new skills. Career training programmes give employers the chance to work with potential employees and train new workers from scratch. Our survey found that on the job training (68%) and using an in-house training department (50%) were both viewed as an effective use of training”.

Nearly half (45%) of jobseekers said their employer had paid for their career training. However, the survey found that jobseekers value training so highly that over a third (38%) paid for their own career development and over half (55%) of these were willing to invest up to 6% of their salary to support long term career goals. 66% also agreed that internships shouldn’t just be the preserve for those starting out in the workplace, but that they should be open to people switching careers.

“Jobseekers understand it’s competitive for jobs and are clearly willing to invest in their own career development, so employers should communicate their career training programmes to attract potential recruits to help their business grow in the long term. Internships can be a really useful tool for attracting talent and helping professionals to develop skills – no matter what their age or background” adds Logan.


About the research:
The Hays Jobseekers Survey 2012 received over 1,000 responses from jobseekers in the UK between November 2011 and March 2012.

About Hays
Hays plc (the "Group") is a leading global professional recruiting group. The Group is the expert at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide, being the market leader in the UK and Asia Pacific and one of the market leaders in Continental Europe and Latin America. The Group operates across the private and public sectors, dealing in permanent positions, contract roles and temporary assignments.

As at 31 December 2011, the Group employed 7,988 staff operating from 247 offices in 32 countries across 20 specialisms. For the year ended 30 June 2011:
– the Group reported net fees of £672 million and operating profit (pre-exceptional items) of £114 million;
– the Group placed around 60,000 candidates into permanent jobs and around 190,000 people into temporary assignments;
– 31% of Group net fees were generated in Asia Pacific, 33% in Continental Europe & RoW (CERoW) and 36% in the United Kingdom & Ireland;
– the temporary placement business represented 54% of net fees and the permanent placement business represented 46% of net fees
– Hays operates in the following countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, China, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UAE, the UK and the USA

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