Young job-seekers face a tough time ahead looking for work as the recession deepens, with almost half of 500 firms in a survey saying they will not be taking on school-leavers or graduates this year.
In the words of The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which carried out the survey, young people "face a long hot summer" looking for work.
The poll found that only one in five companies planned to hire 16-year-old school-leavers.
The picture was slightly better for university graduates, although a third of companies said they had cut their intake of graduate employees for 2009.
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