ERIC Number: ED401457
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Employers, Recruitment and the Unemployed. IES Report 325.
Atkinson, John; And Others
A representative sample of 800 employers in the United Kingdom were surveyed by telephone to determine their attitudes toward, recruitment of, and rejection of unemployed job seekers. The employer sample was selected to be representative from the standpoints of sector, firm size, and firm location. Twenty employers participated in face-to-face follow-up interviews. The literature on employers' attitudes toward and recruitment of unemployed individuals was also reviewed. Half of the 74% of respondents who had recruited during the past year had recruited from among unemployed individuals. Larger firms and public sector establishments were most likely to recruit unemployed workers. Nearly one-third of respondents stated that they usually/often recruited short-term unemployed individuals; however, only one-fifth reported hiring long-term unemployed workers. Only 29% of respondents ever had any involvement with government programs to help unemployed individuals. Three of four respondents did not consider recruiting an unemployed individual any riskier than recruiting an employed person. Most employers believed that unemployed people do possess needed skills; however, many respondents believed that the experience of unemployment renders individuals less attractive through demoralization and deterioration. (Appended are descriptions of the study methodology, achieved sample structure, and the contact letter and telephone interview questionnaire. Eighty tables/figures and 90 references are included.) (MN)
Descriptors: Employer Attitudes, Employment Practices, Foreign Countries, Literature Reviews, Multivariate Analysis, National Surveys, Public Policy, Questionnaires, Recruitment, Tables (Data), Unemployment
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Sussex Univ., Brighton (England). Inst. for Employment Studies.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom