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Graduates could consider part-time work to get through recession
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Recent university leavers looking for graduate jobs in business management may be interested to hear the views of a recruitment expert who has claimed the decrease in unemployment may be down to firms taking people on limited-hours contracts.
According to data from the Office for National Statistics, the amount of vacancies also rose during the last quarter - by 39,000 to reach 480,000 in the three months to February.
But Adrian Marlowe, chairman of the Association of Recruitment Consultancies, believes this is down to companies offering part-time work either by limiting their hours or days of work as a preference to laying off staff.
He said: "This time around, rather than lose people that they have a valuable relationship with in the form of their existing employees, they are cutting back the hours of work and days of work.
"I think that is a very wise step for organisations to have taken. What that means of course is that the level of unemployment is lower than it would be if those people had been laid off."
This suggestion could mean there are more graduate job opportunities available than first thought, if candidates are willing to work limited hours.
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