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The team at Gradplus are pleased to provide you with coverage of the key issues and stories in the graduate sector.


Brand 'less important' in financial services recruitment market

Financial services employers have over-estimated the power of their brand when trying recruit new employees including graduates, according to a new survey.

The study, undertaken by Badenoch & Clark, revealed 79 per cent of financial services workers say brand makes no difference in their choice of employer, Onrec.com reported. read more...


City job losses could hit graduates

The recent turmoil in the financial markets could hit graduate careers as the City reacts to the credit crunch with widespread job cuts, experts have warned.

A new report by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (cebr) predicts 6,500 jobs will be lost in 2008, with the market uncertainty also hitting bonuses. read more...


Firms must plan ahead to land top IT graduates

Financial firms hoping to employ high-calibre IT graduates must start their recruitment process as early as possible, new research has revealed.

A survey by the Highams Group has revealed that other sectors, such as retail and distribution, are beating finance companies to the best candidates by getting to them more quickly. read more...


Finance grads seek development

Highly ambitious graduates, currently employed in the financial sector, rate career development as more important than salary, new research has revealed. read more...


Accountancy firms dominate grad list

PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PWC) and other big accountancy firms were, once again, among the top companies for graduate employment, new research indicates. read more...


Many finance graduates welcome stress

A number of financial sector employees, many of them graduates, do not believe that the stress of their job is a bad thing.

According to a poll by Elements, 72 per cent of accountants believed that their jobs were becoming more stressful but around half of them claimed that the stress yielded positive rewards, reports onrec. read more...


Female graduate high-fliers not in it for the money

A number of female graduates embarking on careers in business do so for personal contentment and not for money, new research has claimed.

According to a study by DivaBiz, some 51 per cent of women are in the business sector for satisfaction whereas less than quarters were in it for financial reasons. read more...


Graduates beware: Accountancy comes with a health warning

Keen graduates hoping to build a career in the accounting could be under a health risk due to the increased hours expected of financial sector employees.

Recent research conducted by careersinaudit.com, suggests that almost 75 per cent of accountants believe that their rising hours have impacted negatively on their health. read more...


Management graduates with political skills gain advantage

Graduates hoping to succeed in management will have to have a high level of political skill, a new study has claimed.

According to research by the Chartered Management Institute and Warwick Business School, the ability to forge partnerships is becoming more important to enteprise leaders. read more...


Mastering finance can be of great financial benefit

Finance graduates should consider taking a Masters in the subject as it can lead to an increase in earnings, the Economic and Social Research Council claim.

According to the council, further education, especially in the financial sector, will enable an earnings boost - even though the education itself may be expensive. read more...

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