More than one in seven young people have applied for at least 20 jobs, while many are willing to work for free if it helps them find employment, according to a study.
A survey of 1,000 people aged between 16 and 24 found that most believed there was a stigma attached to unemployment.
Recruitment firm Adecco said its study revealed that a third had applied for more than 10 jobs, and 14 per cent for over 20 posts.
Alex Fleming, managing director of Adecco, said: “Our research has shown that for many young people, lack of work experience is holding them back.
“Many are finding the struggle to get on to the employment ladder so difficult that they are willing to work for free to gain quality work experience. This is unfair.
“Young people deserve quality work experience. Employers need to be more engaged in education and work closely with schools so that young people enter the jobs market having already had valuable work placements.”