Employers look to recruit foreign graduates, says study

01-02-2008

Employers look to recruit foreign graduates, says study
More employers are recruiting graduates from abroad as they are fed up with the lack of skills demonstrated by UK degree holders, one survey has suggested.

The latest Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) poll has revealed that 24.9 per cent of over 200 top employers have marketed their graduate vacancies outside of the UK.

Carl Gilleard, AGR chief executive, described the figures as "worrying" with possible implications for the economy.

"A quarter of employers praised the strong work ethic and desire to succeed of overseas graduates, presumably as opposed to those from the UK," the report stated.

"This impression might be confirmed by the 22.4 per cent of respondents who bemoan a lack of UK candidates with the right qualifications and the 16.3 per cent who cannot find enough UK graduates with the right skills."

However, the number of vacancies open to graduates has increased by 16.4 per cent compared to the year previous.

This follows recent Ucas figures, which revealed 413,430 people were accepted onto undergraduate courses last year - an increase of 5.8 per cent.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.


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