• Graduate Salaries

    Early findings from the XpertHR graduate recruitment survey indicate that the average graduate starting salary in 2010 is down 4.2% from last year to £22,968. Rachel Suff, author of the XpertHR research, explains that this may be due to “the slack graduate job market following the recession.”

    1/3 of employers surveyed claimed they are now taking on more recruits, which may be an early sign of recovery in the graduate job market. This finding is supported by research from the Association of Graduate Recruiters, which suggests that confidence among graduate recruiters is increasing. The research found that 50% of respondents expect to fill the same number of vacancies in 2011 as they did this year, while just over 35% of respondents anticipate a higher number of vacancies in 2011 and just fewer than 15% of respondents expect to offer fewer vacancies in 2011.

    While a lower salary is unfortunate for graduates, the planned increase in the number of vacancies is definitely a positive. Salary is not the only thing that prompts a graduate to apply to a job. As previously reported, learning experiences, happiness and flexible working are also attractive to graduates, alongside other benefits.

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