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UK graduates have low flexible working expectations
Tuesday, 09 October 2007
Graduate Job sector Reports
Fewer UK graduates expect to benefit from flexible working than those in other major industrial nations, a new study has revealed.
Less than one per cent of UK graduates surveyed by PricewaterhouseCoopers believed they would work mainly from home in their careers, compared to over seven per cent in China.
At the same time 82.5 per cent of the UK graduates surveyed expected to work regular office hours, compared to a global average of 75 per cent.
Despite the findings, Michael Poulten, personnel manager for Rewards and Benefits at Tesco, said: "We will also need to prepare ourselves for a new generation entering the market place. A significantly more mobile generation with differing expectations from an employer, and we will need to adapt to reflect this."
And working from home is becoming increasingly popular, with a recent YouGov survey showing a third of adult workers now spend some time each month working at home.
This number is likely to be driven by ever-increasing levels of graduate recruitment with Prospects.co.uk forecasting a 15.1 per cent growth in graduate vacancies in 2007.