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How much do you get? - study leave that is...

03 January 2017

Way back in 2012 PQ magazine and Hays Accoutancy & Finance ran a survey about the study support PQs received, and we both thought it was time to revisit this subject to see how much the world has changed.

We don’t want to pre-empt anything about your world now, but back in 2012 our conclusion was that employers needed to do more to support their PQs. Some 42% of PQ readers said their employers were not supportive enough. Several respondents said they just wanted the boss to care a bit more and “ask how it was going one in a while”. As one PQ said: “I just want them to seem interested. I don’t get asked questions about my studying, it feels like they are not interested.”

Our survey found that just over half of all employers pay for their PQs’ tuition fees in full, with a further 13% paying for them in part. But that left over one in three (37%) funding their own study. There are similar percentages for exam fees and study material.

For those who got employer support the average PQ was given 2.82 days study leave per exam.

The big change in this year’s survey are our questions on online exams. We want to know if you are ready for what lies ahead.

We also asked about PQs job expectations. Around 50% of them said they expect to move jobs in the next six months. So how confident are you about moving while you study? We know that can be a hard decision. But if you aren’t being supported then surely that decision becomes easier.

So come on get online and tell us what you expect from your employer when it comes to the ideal study package. One lucky respondent will also be in with a chance to ‘win’ a 7” Amazon Kindle Fire. A great socking filler!

So we need you to go to http://feedback.hays.com/f/1089278/1848/

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