85 applicants for each graduate job as number of openings falls

Wed, 10/07/2013 - 09:08 -- nick

The number of graduate job vacancies is falling as this summer's crop qualify and come on to the job market.

That is the warning of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) who are forecasting a drop of 4% in the number of work opportunities, a slowdown that is seeing 85 apply for each job.

Sectors seeing big drops include financial services as banks deal with the fallout of the world economic downturn, while others, including engineering and telecommunications, are showing strong signs of life with increasing numbers of jobs available.

Employers may take on more graduates this year, but you need work experience

Wed, 03/07/2013 - 13:12 -- nick

Employers intend to provide more jobs to graduates this year than in 2013.

A report from High Fliers Research into the hiring patterns of large employers says that they are looking to take on 2.7% more graduates this year than last.

These estimates may need a health warning though; in 2012 the same employers believed they were likely to employ 6.4% more university leavers than in the year before, following big jumps in 2010 and 2011.

Just graduated - what next?

Mon, 10/06/2013 - 11:51 -- nick

Have you just graduated or are about to? Struggling to know what to do next, and where to start looking for work?

This is a difficult time for those who haven't prepared their next move before they left university, but help is at hand.

Two articles published today could help.

Recent graduate Libby Page in The Guardian has written about the fears she has, and what she is thinking of doing next.

Companies should not favour unpaid interns, says report

Fri, 24/05/2013 - 15:03 -- nick

Companies that favour unpaid interns when they recruit staff are missing out on talent from poorer backgrounds.

That is the warning from a government-backed report, Graduate Recruitment: the HEAR and Now, written by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) and Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), which found that social mobility is being harmed by some companies' restrictive recruitment practices.

One-in-five jobseekers lies on CV

Fri, 07/12/2012 - 13:18 -- nick

One-in-five jobseekers would lie on their CV, a new survey by Staffbay, the recruitment company, has found.

20% said they would lie to impress a potential employer, with the most common being fake qualifications or higher grades, and including work experience that did not take place.

Tony Wilmot, founder of Staffbay, said: "Obviously, these figures are shocking, but with as many as 80 people chasing the same job it’s hardly surprising that some jobseekers are prepared to bend the rules a little to enter the world of work.

Graduates not ready for work

Wed, 05/12/2012 - 11:13 -- nick

Employers do not believe most graduates are ready for work on leaving university.

A report by McKinsey and Co. shows that, across 9 countries including the UK, only 42% of employers believe that new graduates are prepared for employment.

This is in contrast to 72% of universities that believe they have readied their learners for jobs.

Two-thirds of young people in all countries except the UK believe that university education is more highly valued than work training, despite also believing that work training is more likely to lead to a job.

Graduates find universities less helpful in finding work

Wed, 07/11/2012 - 13:42 -- nick

Recent graduates have become disillusioned with the value of their universities in their search for work.

A study by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) found students' perceptions of the value of their universities in finding a job dropped sharply after graduating.

The study followed students through their time at university and afterwards, finding that two-thirds (67%) believed their universities would be helpful in finding work in the year before they graduated.

Half of young Britons wish they had moved abroad

Thu, 01/11/2012 - 12:45 -- nick

More than half of young British people wish they had moved abroad to work or study.

A survey by the British Council showed that 54% of young Britons who had not studied or worked abroad believed their career prospects would be better if they had.

But only 21% of young people had spent a continuous period of six months or more abroad.

“The good news is that this poll shows people are beginning to recognise how vital international skills are for enhancing their career," said Dr Jo Beall of the British Council.

Graduate jobs market not worsening

Thu, 11/10/2012 - 12:48 -- nick

The Higher Education Careers Service Unit has released the findings of its survey in to graduate employment.

Its report finds that, contrary to some fears, the level of employment among graduates has not worsened over the last year.

Six months after leaving university 62% of graduates have found work and 9% of graduates are unemployed, similar figures to last year.

The economic success of London and the South East is shown by a third of all graduates finding work in this area, with the lowest proportion of graduates finding work in the North East and East Midlands.

Graduate starting salaries down 13%

Mon, 08/10/2012 - 13:23 -- nick

Graduate starting salaries have gone down by 13% over the last year as the recession, together with an increase in the number of unemployed graduates, take effect.

Starting salaries for those who left education this summer averaged £22,800, 13.2% lower than last year.

Ann Swain, chief executive of the Association of Professional Staffing Companies (APSCO), which commissioned the study, said: “The slowdown in the professional-recruitment market, combined with the huge number of graduates competing for jobs means that starting salaries have edged downwards markedly this year.”



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