New graduates put training and development high on their list of priorities when seeking employment, suggesting that many younger employees are keen for their jobs to provide a level of skills progression.
In a recent survey carried out by Ernst & Young, 44 per cent of respondents highlighted training opportunities as the most important criteria, as opposed to only 18 per cent who voted for salary and benefits as the key concern.
These findings indicate that employers could do well to make training available to graduates who are looking for development in this area, rather than simply monetary reward.
Other priorities included work-life balance, voted for by 16 per cent, and business reputation at 12 per cent.
"It is still critically important for many [graduates] that their new job offers them opportunities to learn and to develop their own careers," Stephen Isherwood, head of Graduate Recruitment at Ernst & Young told Personnel Today.
Research from the Higher Education Statistics Agency found that 13 per cent of graduates were working in secretarial or administrative roles, reports the Telegraph.