Employers' appetite for school leavers has fallen since last year, new research has shown.
A study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) revealed that only 12 per cent of firms intend to hire those who have left school following their GCSEs in the three months to September.
In addition, the number of employers planning to recruit those aged 18 has slipped from 31 per cent to 25 per cent.
By contrast, 34 per cent plan to add EU migrant workers to their teams, compared to 23 per cent who stated they will upskill those already on their books.
Gerwyn Davies, public policy advisor at the CIPD, said that a lack of a positive attitude coupled with skills shortages makes migrant workers a more attractive proposition.
"The perception among many of our members is that too many young people in the UK do not have these qualities," he added.
According to research by the Centre for Social Justice, poor work attitudes are a major obstacle to getting the long-term unemployed back into the world of work.
Posted by Nick Tellwright
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