Increasing numbers of UK employers are turning to young workers to fill their skills gaps, signalling the end of an austere decade for young jobseekers, new research from the CIPD finds.
The latest Labour Market Outlook from the professional body for HR and people development shows that the proportion of employers that say they plan to hire more apprentices and school-leavers has increased sharply in response to recruitment difficulties since spring 2014.
Gerwyn Davies, Labour Market Analyst, for the CIPD, 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.”