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Young peoples' preparedness for work in the United Kingdom (UK) 2016

The statistic displays how prepared employers in the United Kingdom (UK) thought young people who were being hired for their first job were, according to a survey conducted in 2016. Of responding businesses, 19 percent thought that university leavers were very well prepared, compared with 12 percent that thought sixteen-year old school leavers were very poorly prepared.

Perceived preparedness of young people for work according to employers in the United Kingdom (UK) in 2016*

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Release date

June 2017


United Kingdom (England, Wales, Northern Ireland)

Survey time period

May to August 2016

Number of respondents


Special properties

Establishments in England, Northern Ireland and Wales who have recruited a school, college and/or university leaver to their first job in the last 2-3 years

Method of interview

Computer-assisted telephone interviews (CATI)

Supplementary notes

* 'Don't knows' and 'Other' excluded.

** Base size for employers that recruited 16 year olds to first job from school.
All that recruited 17-18 year olds to first job from school: n=2630
All that recruited 17-18 year olds to first job from FE college): n=2558
All that recruited university or higher education leavers): n=3147.
Base sizes are unweighted.

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