Graduate recruitment set to reach new high in 2016

20 January 2016
Keri Allan
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New research shows Britain’s top employers are preparing to recruit their biggest-ever intake of graduates this year.

High Fliers Research has published The Graduate Market in 2016 – a study of graduate vacancies, starting salaries and undergraduate work experience programmes at 100 of the UK’s leading employers.

From research conducted last December, the report revealed that employers increased their graduate recruitment by a smaller than expected 3.3 per cent in 2015, despite having more entry-level vacancies available. However, they are planning to step-up their graduate hires by a further 7.5 per cent in 2016, the fourth consecutive year that vacancies for university leavers have risen.

Employers in nine out of thirteen key industries are expecting to take on more new graduates than in 2015, with engineering, industrial companies and the Armed Forces expecting to see some of the biggest growth.

The research also showed that employers are continuing to expand their paid work-experience programmes for university undergraduates and are offering a record number of paid internships, vacation work experience and course placements in 2016.

Evidence suggests that these opportunities are a solid way in, as recruiters confirmed that they expect a third of this year’s full-time graduate positions to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations, either through paid internships, industrial placements or vacation work.

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