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Recruiting young people

One in four employers did not recruit a single young person aged 16–24 in the last 12 months, rising to three in ten organisations in the private and voluntary sectors. Public sector organisations are most likely to have recruited young people over the last year, with 74% saying this is the case.

The number one reason employers recruited young people is that they want to grow their own workforce, with 40% of employers that recruited young people saying this is the case, while more than a third of respondents (38%) cite wanting to build their own talent pipeline.

Looking ahead, just 56% of employers report they are likely to recruit young people within the next 12 months. In all, 58% of private sector employers say they are likely to recruit young people over the next year, as do 52% of public sector organisations and 46% of voluntary sector employers.

The main reasons that would encourage employers to recruit young people are more job vacancies arising in...

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