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Competition for civil engineering graduate jobs hots up

Published: Tuesday, 10 November 2009   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

The UK is currently seeing an increase in the number of university leavers who are applying for graduate jobs in the civil engineering sector.

According to Atkins, which operates within the industry, interest in civil engineering has been boosted by high starting salaries in the field and a lack of graduate job vacancies in London.

Ben Thompson, spokesperson for the firm, told the Guardian: "Competition for places has increased significantly in the past 12 to 18 months. Engineering has become an increasingly popular career choice, particularly with jobs drying up in the City."

He added that candidate numbers for graduate engineering jobs are up due to efforts to diversify the industry and shed its image as the "domain for white, middle-class men".

Employers in the engineering sector are expecting a ten per cent boost for graduate jobs in 2010, recent research by the Times suggested.

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