Graduate recruitment 'to rise 12%'


Graduate recruitment 'to rise 12%'
The level of graduate recruitment is predicted to increase by more than 12 per cent, according to new research from the Associate of Graduate Recruiters (AGR).

The latest AGR Graduate Recruitment survey estimates that vacancies for graduate level positions will rise for the fourth consecutive year in 2007, up by 12.7 per cent on like figures for last year.

Meanwhile salaries for new graduates in the market are expected to increase by 2.4 per cent to a median average of £23,500. The survey concludes that recruiters are confident that they will be able to fill these positions without offering above-inflation pay.

However, some concern has arisen that graduates are facing tougher conditions and increased competition overall.

"Graduates entering the market in 2007 can be optimistic about the opportunities available to them, with vacancies predicted to continue to rise," commented Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR.

"Graduate salaries are already competitive in comparison to non-graduate entry-level salaries."

The Higher Education Statistics Agency reports that graduate starting salaries have remained static year-on-year into 2007, according to the Scotsman.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.

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