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Diversity a priority for graduate recruiters

Published: Tuesday, 29 September 2009   Category: Diversity Jobs

Employers looking to recruit the best of this year's graduates will show up to the eighth annual Ethnic Diversity Fair at Manchester University next month.

Taking place on October 7th, the fair will see all 27 exhibitor stands full up as firms use the opportunity to show their commitment to graduate recruitment, as well as to the ethnic minority students which make up the bulk of the attendees.

According to the Independent, with more than 15 per cent of the UK student population belonging to an ethnic minority, the event aims to attract a diverse crowd of graduate job hunters.

Tammy Goldfeld, assistant director of Manchester University's careers service, told the newspaper: "There are many employers who like to raise their profile with black and Asian students to increase the level of applications, and demonstrate their commitment to diversity."

The Times recently reported Higher Education Statistics Agency figures which showed that those with an economics degree from the prestigious Cambridge University are at the top of a list of graduates with the highest average salary, raising concerns about the diversity of the jobs market in the UK.

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