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Teens reject part-time work

16th June 2015

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The number of young people in part-time work has dropped significantly according to a recent report. The study from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) found that the number of 16- and 17-year-olds in part-time work alongside their studies has halved since 1996.

While it is encouraging to see students focus on their studies, employers are expressing their concern as it is feared that the next generation of prospective workers will lack the necessary work experience to enter into UK legal recruitment and other job sectors.

The report Death of the Saturday Job: the decline in earning and learning amongst young people in the UK found that over half (55 percent) of young people questioned stated that “their desire to concentrate on their studies” was the main reason they weren’t entering into part-time work. It is thought that the main reason we have seen such a decline in young part-time workers, from 42 percent in 1996 to 18 percent in 2014 is in part a result of increased academic pressure and a competitive job market.

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