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Graduate skills concern local employers

Released at: 10:10, 24/07/2015

Graduate skills concern local employers

JobStreet.com survey finds attitudes towards graduates differs around Asia.

by Minh Tuyet

Sixty-nine per cent of 3,000 surveyed new graduates have not found jobs, whereas 72 per cent of surveyed enterprises want to recruit them, according to a JobStreet.com survey conducted in June and released on July 23.

The survey found salary was not the most important factor of concern for Vietnamese employers in recruiting young employees. Of more concern are their skills and the possibility of them changing jobs.

In Malaysia and Singapore, employers are most concerned about salary when recruiting new graduates. In Vietnam, 84 per cent of enterprises expect quality human resources and only 14 per cent are concerned about the salary for new employees.

New graduates are considered to lack many skills, with much time needed to train them. Enterprises therefore prefer to recruit people with experience.

Sixty-seven per cent of Vietnamese enterprises are concerned about skills and 33 per cent about the possibility of new employees changing jobs. In Malaysia, 42 per cent aren’t satisfied with their attitude and communication skills, 42 per cent don’t accept demands for high salaries, and only 16 per cent are concerned about them lacking skills and experience.

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