Social media ban puts off jobseekers under-24

Almost half of under-24s would not work for a firm that has restricted access to Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, reports a new survey.

Silobreaker suggest the survey, which took the opinions of 1,000 people, found that 48 per cent of people aged between 16-24 would reject a workplace if it had banned access to social media sites.

This is down to 59 per cent of people surveyed believing that social media “increases their effectiveness as an employee”, cites People Management.

It seems that young people looking for jobs in London, for example, may not want to hand their CV in if a firm rejects the use of social media. Even then, over half of the total UK workforce (55.5 per cent) claim to spend less than 10 minutes a day on their personal affairs.

Zain Wadee, a recruitment expert, commented on the statistics: “The impact of social media on the UK’s younger workforce is very evident and is something that should be both accounted for and sufficiently appraised by businesses.

“Generation Facebook has grown up with 24/7 social media access and they see no reason why LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter should not also play a part in their working life,” he added.

by Ashley Curtis on November 29, 2011

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