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Employers need to do more

Employers need to do more to support their PQs.

April 2017

That is one of the key findings of our exclusive survey, conducted with Hays Accountancy & Finance.
A whopping 47.22% of respondents said their employers just weren’t supportive enough when it comes to the assistance they provide. In all, 29% (over one in four) rated the study support offered by their employers as ‘very poor’.
It is a story of ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’, as 35% of our respondents said their study support was great (good or very good). One PQ revealed their employer made a room available for them to study if they needed it during work time. Another explained they had a ‘surprisingly good package’, and were pleased with their five days per exam study leave and full costs paid.
Many students, however, struggle with time and money as they fight unhelpful bosses and have to self-fund their studies. As one said: “My employer is simply not supportive.”
Other PQs are more proactive: “My previous employer offered study support at 100% and then reduced it to 50%. I subsequently left that company.” But many trainees were concerned that they would need to repay study fees if they left the job early.

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