There are mixed predictions about the year ahead for graduate recruitment, it has emerged.
A recent survey by Income Data Services (IDS) discovered that financial firms will take on fewer graduates this year with manufacturing companies more likely to be recruiting.
However, Dan Hawes of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau remarked that one survey predicted a 16 per cent rise in vacancies for graduates in 2008.
Referring to the uncertain economy at the moment, Mr Hawes admitted: "The signs are strong across the board for this year, although there's usually a lag between what's happening in the economy and what's happening in recruitment."
Mr Hawes also suggested that manufacturing firms may increase recruitment, but these positions are likely to be in IT, finance and office work rather than engineering.
Firms may be cautious in the first half of the year, he warned, but will continue to recruit in the second half.
The IDS survey revealed that graduate salaries will rise by 2.5 per cent this year, with the average starting wage hitting £23,800.