News: Businesses favour attitude over qualifications

Attitude in job searchEmployers in the UK are more concerned about an applicant’s attitude than their formal qualifications and background, according to a new study.

A report from revealed 56% of British employers favour a positive working attitude over qualifications, skills and experience.

The unique study analysed over 500,000 job adverts to identify language trends. It revealed new demand for applicants who are “Organised”, “Motivated” and “Flexible”, with 56% of all adverts looking for these traits.

In comparison, only 21% of the ads mentioned any of the skills analysed in the research, with just 19% requesting any previous experience.

Andrew Hunter, Co-Founder of Adzuna, said “Because we list nearly every UK job ad in our search engine, we have a great overview of the language advertisers are using in their listings. In a weak economy when their businesses need to adapt quickly, employers are looking for commitment and a positive attitude to work and setting less value on degrees or years of experience. Technical and social media skills though remain in hot demand.”

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