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Report suggests 'poor work ethic' behind long-term unemployment trend

Report suggests 'poor work ethic' behind long-term unemployment trend

Poor work attitudes are one of the major barriers to getting the long-term unemployed back into work, a new report has found.

According to research by the Centre for Social Justice, employers looking to fill entry-level positions value qualities such commitment to hard work, presentation and punctuality above literacy and numeracy skills.

When asked why they turn down applicants for unskilled jobs, 62 per cent of bosses cited a poor work ethic as being the main reason, while 57 per cent said reservations about how the candidate was dressed played a part in their decision.

The Creating Opportunity, Rewarding Ambition study stated: "Timekeeping, self-awareness, confidence, presentation, communication, teamwork and an ability to understand workplace relationships are too often below the standard required, particularly in younger job seekers."

According to a survey of 1,000 employers by Reed, 96 per cent of bosses would take someone who displayed the perfect mindset but lacked the complete set of skills rather than a person with the right academic qualifications but wrong attitude.

Posted by Keith Broomer

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