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SMEs hire School Leavers over University Graduates

Twice as many small firms would choose to recruit school leavers over university graduates as they are a more affordable source of staff, according to the Forum of Private Business (FPB). Research from the FPB revealed that when small firms are recruiting, 20% would specifically aim for candidates straight from school, while just 11% would seek to recruit recent graduates or postgraduates. FPB research manager Thomas Parry said. “Small businesses can find the costs of employing graduates too high. In addition, many small firms are hairdressers or manufacturers who need candidates with enthusiasm and willingness to learn rather than academic skills, and they are often willing to train them on the job.” The FPB research also found that 77% of small businesses feel they do not nec... »