A quarter of graduates are recruited after a work placement, research finds

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29th January 2015 18:26 - Professional Services

A recent survey by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has revealed that over a quarter (26 per cent) of graduates, who had beenA quarter of graduates are recruited after a work placement, research finds on a work placement or internship with AGR or one of their members, filled a graduate role in their company, in the 2013/2014 recruitment cycle.

The winter 2014 version of the survey, which is run twice a year, has predicted that the number of overall available graduate vacancies, with AGR and its members, will grow by 12 per cent during the next 12 months. The increasing number of graduate vacancies can be attributed to a recovering economy.

Among industry sectors, the most significant increase is expected to be within IT and telecoms, with a 27 per cent increase in graduate vacancies. Closely following IT and telecoms is the public sector, with a 23 per cent increase; construction, with a 22 per cent increase; and engineering, with a 20 per cent increase.

Of the employers questioned, 49 per cent had not filled all of their job vacancies by the end of the 2013/14 recruitment cycle. IT and telecoms was noted as the sector with the most unfilled roles.

Although many large graduate recruiters are members of the AGR, the findings gained cannot be guaranteed to be representative of the entire UK. However, the findings do provide a useful insight into the trends within graduate recruitment.

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