New figures released by totaljobs.com show that people looking to get on the first step of the career ladder should be more optimistic, with graduate and trainee vacancies up 11 per cent compared to this time last year.
The increase in job opportunities has triggered a fall in competition, with the number of applications per job falling by 22 per cent compared to the same period last year.
Scotland and the East Midlands and are beating the national average increase in graduate and trainee opportunities with a rise of 32 and 29 per cent respectively. Wales is not far behind, with an increase of 19 per cent in opportunities within the sector compared to the same period last year.
The UK as a whole has seen a healthy eight per cent increase in jobs compared to last year, but competition has increased in industries including oil, gas and alternative energy, which saw a rise in applications per job of 24 per cent.
“It’s encouraging to see that there are more vacancies available for graduates and other people looking for entry level roles. It looks like things are really starting to look up for young people, who were hit hard by the recession,” says Mike Fetters, graduate director at totaljobs.com.
“Once someone has their foot in the door after securing that all important first role, it becomes much easier to progress in the workplace. I’m confident that we’ll continue to see an increase in job opportunities as we move into an economic upturn.”