A YouGov poll for the social mobility charity Sutton Trust found that UK small and medium-sized businesses were the most likely to turn down graduates, with almost half (49%) canceling all internships and internships, compared with just under one third (29%) of large employers.
Almost two in five graduate employers (39%) said they expected to hire fewer or no graduates in the next 12 months, according to a survey of 1,000 UK companies, and just under half (48%) said there would likely be fewer opportunities for work experience in their business.
The results confirm the fears of graduates about the impact of Covid on their immediate career prospects. A YouthSight companion survey of 900 students, also for the Sutton Trust, found that nearly half (46%) of current undergraduates believe the pandemic has had a negative effect on their chances of finding employment.
Just under a fifth (18%) of students surveyed said they had seen work experience placements canceled or postponed, while more than one in 10 (11%) had seen interviews canceled and 4% had seen a job offer withdrawn.
With fewer job opportunities available after lockdown, Sutton Trust says promoting social mobility and fair access must remain a priority for employers
Sir Peter Lampl, founder and chairman of the Sutton Trust, said: “It is clear that young people will bear the brunt for years to come from the massive recession caused by Covid-19 and that young people from poorer backgrounds will be the most affected. .
“Employers will need policies in place to give everyone a fair chance of being recruited for the fewest jobs available to graduates. As internships and work placements decline, employers need to bring their programs online. We must act now to ensure that all young people have the opportunity to enter the workforce. ”
Shadow Youth Labor Minister Cat Smith said the government has been too slow to act on youth unemployment. “This report shows that there is a clear gap between what the government has promised and the availability of on-the-job placements offered by employers.
“The government needs to move away from its one-size-fits-all approach to youth unemployment and work with local authorities to encourage businesses to hire and train young people.”