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Heads of Higher Education Careers Services remain optimistic

Published: Friday, 15 February 2013

Heads of university careers and employability services have responded to a recent AGCAS survey by suggesting that the graduate labour market was looking more positive in the last quarter of 2012.

This should lead to a similar optimistic conclusion about the graduate labour market for 2013 and backs up the Association of Graduate Recruiters findings.

In particular the heads of service suggested the largest growth in graduate vacancies was in I.T, finance, construction and manufacturing. Graduate employers were also reporting that they struggled to fill all of their vacancies in I.T and engineering.

Small and medium enterprises are keen to recruit graduates but struggle to match the salaries of larger graduate schemes.

This positive news should be taken alongside a warning that more graduate recruiters are filling vacancies internally. This means that they are more likely to recruit students who are on placement with them to their graduate opportunities. This further highlights the need for forward planning and careful consideration of work experience opportunities.

Source: AGCAS