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Housing association sector should employ graduates, recruitment director claims

Published: Wednesday, 27 January 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

The housing association (HA) sector is missing a trick by not employing skilled graduates, a director of a recruitment outsourcing firm has claimed in an interview with 24dash.com.

Graduate job hunters have been snapped up in other public sector areas but are being ignored by HAs, a situation that baffles Amanda Marques, the managing director of PPS Works.

She told the website: "Few housing associations are looking at the graduate market and this would reduce the expensive reliance on agency staff.

"We have graduates tuning into the public sector, central government and local government and these bodies are seizing the opportunity but there is little evidence to see this in housing."

Mrs Marques pointed to research from Lancaster University that showed graduates pay for themselves in 20 months from their start date and generate £5.30 for every £1 invested by their third year on mid-size graduate recruitment programmes.

Despite the lack of interest from HAs, graduates were boosted by news that some 42 per cent of leading chief executives surveyed by PricewaterhouseCoopers plan to increase their headcount in the next year.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19581542-ADNFCR

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