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Smaller businesses recognise benefits of graduate recruitment

Published: Friday, 08 January 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

A recent poll highlighting that graduate job hunters will struggle to obtain employment with a small or medium-sized business in the coming year has been dismissed.

Recent research by the Centre for Enterprise found that 89 per cent of smaller businesses will not be taking on graduates in 2010.

However, Prue Watson, spokesperson for the Federation of Small Businesses, believes that an alternate survey carried out by the pressure group has thrown up completely different results.

These consist of small businesses understanding the benefit of employing graduate job hunters and the skills, knowledge and enthusiasm they bring to positions.

She said: "Small businesses are planning to hire graduates in the coming year. In a recent survey of the Federation of Small Businesses' members, one in five said they planned to take on a graduate intern.

"Small firms recognise the skills that graduates bring to business and the excellent working environment small firms give the graduate."

Meanwhile, the study from the Centre for Enterprise did highlight that two thirds of those companies to take on graduates did feel the move had been a positive financial investment.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19548499-ADNFCR

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