Graduate vacancies to rise 15.5%


Graduate vacancies to rise 15.5%
The number of graduate vacancies entering the jobs market is expected to rise by 15.5 per cent in 2007, according to a new report.

This would be significantly higher than last year's actual rise of 5.2 per cent and the fourth year in a row that graduate vacancies had risen.

The Association of Graduate Recruiters' (AGR) annual survey revealed, though, that while vacancies for graduates would be rising by a considerable amount, the median starting salary would not, expected to rise by just 2.1 per cent to £23,431.

Chief executive of the AGR Carl Gilleard said that it was likely that there would be some difficulty filling vacancies.

"The main shortfalls appear to be in industries where specific qualifications are essential, such as construction and engineering, and where applicants are unable to demonstrate the right combination of 'softer' skills such as team-working, in addition to their academic achievements," he commented.

Related categories: HR / Recruitment.

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