An expert has claimed that demand for ambitious and able youngsters remains high among UK employers, despite growing concern about the country's rising level of youth unemployment.

Bright Network founder and chief executive James Uffindell acknowledged that one-fifth of graduates remain out of work two years after completing their studies, but insisted some sectors are desperate for energetic newcomers.

"If you're a bright, ambitious and hungry graduate, demand is as fierce as ever and back to boom time levels," he explained. "The market is improving overall, but for bright graduates it's good news."

Mr Uffindell added that acquiring work experience can lend applicants a crucial advantage over their rivals, as well as providing a valuable opportunity to pick up contacts who could prove valuable further down the line.

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Posted by Ross George