The number of employers planning to hire school-leavers, apprentices and graduates has risen sharply, according to a survey by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).
Results from the CIPD’s quarterly Labour Market Outlook survey, which questions 1,026 HR professionals and employers, suggested that 33% of organisations with ‘hard-to-fill vacancies’ were planning to hire more young people to fill those gaps. That represents an 11 point rise on the previous quarter.
Some 26% of respondents said they wanted to hire more graduates, while 12% plan to recruit more school leavers – a major increase when compared with the 9% figure in spring 2014.
Gerwyn Davies, CIPD labour market analyst, said: ‘After a long, dark decade, the prospects for young people are finally looking brighter. The tightening labour market is undoubtedly encouraging more employers to turn to a wider range of younger recruits. However, it is also due to a recognition among a growing number of employers that they need to develop talent to limit the potential for future labour shortages and pay pressures.’
He added: ‘Looking further ahead, the introduction of the [compulsory] national living wage may boost the attractiveness of employing workers aged below 25 further, which could see young people reverse recent trends by becoming the new winners in a new era for the jobs market.’