The Graduate Market in 2014

Last Monday High Fliers published their annual report on graduate employment ‘The Graduate Market in 2014’. It revealed that graduate recruitment at Britain’s top employers (Those listed in the Times Top 100 Directory) is set to rise in 2014 to the highest level since 2007. This means that there will be more opportunities for university leavers than at any time since the start of the recession.

It’s quite a long report so I thought I’d give you a breakdown of some of the key findings. hIGH FLIERS

  • Employers surveyed are increasing the graduate vacancies by an average of 8.7% compared with the number of graduates they hired in 2013.
  • The biggest growth in graduate vacancies is set to be in the public sector, accounting & professional services firms, city investment banks and engineering & industrial companies. Together these industries intend to recruit almost 1,200 additional graduates in 2014.
  • The largest individual recruiters will be Teach First (1,550 vacancies) PwC (1,200 vacancies) and Deloitte (1,000 vacancies)
  • 87 % of those surveyed plan to make vacancies available in London but the North West follows closely behind with 56% of employers planning to make opportunities available in the region.
  • The University of Manchester is one of the most targeted by recruiters taking part in the survey. So if you’re a recent graduate remember that you can use Careerslink to connect with employers or by attending any of our recruitment fairs.
  • The report also highlights that recruiters will be offering a record number of paid work experience places (11,819) for university students and recent graduates. Some of these vacancies may be advertised on Careerslink.

These figures are obviously positive news for recent graduates but………..gradmrkt14_thumb

  • Over half of the recruiters surveyed warned that if graduates had no previous work experience they were likely to be unsuccessful during the selection process.
  • Although the number of graduate vacancies is set to increase recruiters confirmed that 37% of this year’s entry-level positions will be filled by graduates who have already worked for the organisation.
  • So far in this recruitment cycle employers surveyed have already received 9% more graduate job applications than at the same stage in 2012-13. With this number of applications being received it is vital that you applications stand out and are really tailored to that organisation. Remember recent graduates can still get advice on the Applications Advice session– why not book an appointment before sending off an application?

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