Prospects Survey: 1/3 students & grads want to work with SMEs

A survey of students and graduates by the UK’s leading graduate careers expert, Prospects, reveals that 37% hope to work for a small to medium business.

Of the 9,000 surveyed about their work ambitions in the next 12 months, and within the 63% who want to start a new job or embark on a new career, almost 40% wanted to work for an SME while less than 30% where specifically considering a large employer.

Responses were also divided by those who wanted to work with a small business of up to 50 staff, or a medium sized business of 50-249 staff.

When asked about their reasons for wanting to work with an SME, 63% cited the opportunities to work in smaller teams and how that translates into good professional and social interaction.     

This was important to just 21% of those who want to work with medium-sized companies. This group’s choice was influenced more by the opportunities to progress and develop – important to just 15% of those wanting to work with a small business.

Across the board, respondents most commonly cited three factors most important in choosing an employer: training and gaining qualifications, generous pay, and a company’s values matching their own. Two other influencing factors were named as location and opportunities for flexible working.

Jayne Rowley, Deputy Chief Executive at Prospects, said “Many graduates welcome jobs in smaller companies, preferring the opportunities and working environment that they offer. In turn they offer SMEs a fantastic opportunity to bring new skills and ideas into their business, but competition can be fierce to attract the top talent that they need. While they may not always be able to compete on pay, SMEs can look to attract talent in other ways such as through sustainable business practices and flexible working.”


Wednesday, 31 May 2017

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Prospects Survey: 1/3 students & grads want to work with SMEs