58 per cent of small businesses hire young people, CIPD survey finds

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12th March 2015 18:00 - Business Support

A recent survey by CIPD, which surveyed 850 professionals in human resources as part of the CIPD’s ‘Learning to Work’ scheme, has found 58 per cent of small businesses hire young people, CIPD survey finds

that just 58 per cent of small and medium-sized businesses employ young people, despite their important role in combatting youth unemployment.

The survey - which was conducted as part of National Apprenticeship Week - also found that small and medium-sized businesses employ less young people than larger companies, with 93 per cent of large businesses employing youths.

The findings showed that the amount of companies, which employed people ages 16 to 24 increased to around 79 per cent last year (2014).  In 2013, the figure was lower, at 73 per cent.The respondents also described young professionals within their teams as: innovative, loyal and engaged and could assist with the development of junior management.

According to the findings, small and medium-sized businesses were less likely to offer apprenticeships, work experience or graduate schemes.Despite the number of employers recruiting apprentices rising to 47 per cent last year (2014), as opposed to 31 per cent in 2013, just 23 per cent of small and medium-sized businesses claimed to offer apprenticeship programs.In contrast, 62 per cent of large companies said they offer apprenticeships.

The most favoured entry-level opportunity offered by companies was work experience, with 64 per cent of large businesses offering work placements last year, as opposed to 39 per cent of small and medium-sized businesses. 51 per cent of large companies offer graduate schemes, in comparison with just 11 per cent of small and medium-sized businesses.


DJS Research, a proud employer of young people in the local area, is celebrating its most recent apprentice’s success as part of National Apprenticeship Week 2015!The Cheshire-based market research agency has previously been commended by the National Apprenticeship Service for its investment in training young people and currently appears on the Roll of Honour.

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