Graduate jobs market expected to hold steady

The newly-published winter edition of the Association of Graduate Recruiters’ biannual survey foresees a marginal decline of 1.2% in its member firms’ graduate intakes this year.  While less optimistic than the recent High Fliers Research prediction of a 6.4% increase in leading firms’ graduates intakes, this at least suggests that that the graduate jobs market is likely to remain relatively stable.

Among other issues covered by the survey are graduate starting salaries, predicted to rise (for the first time since 2009) by 4% to an average of £26,000, and attitudes to two-year degrees.

On the recruitment marketing front, the survey found that nearly all recruiters (96%) are planning to use online promotions – such as social media, job-boards and corporate websites – to target students.  Despite this, a high proportion (89%) will still be visiting university campuses.

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