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Employers are ensuring they don't 'cut back on recruitment schemes'

Published: Tuesday, 03 May 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

University-leavers looking for graduate vacancies may find the recruitment market relatively welcoming, but will not see pay-levels rise.

This is because employers are hiring young talent to grow, but this recruitment is holding back pay rises, according to the Higher Education Careers Services Unit.

Charlie Ball, deputy director of research at the organisation, said that many employers "have gone through the recession this time around by trying to avoid large-scale redundancies or trying to avoid cutting back on their recruitment schemes".

This means there has not been as much money available for increased wages for current workers.

"In the last recession, many of the employers now who are offering small salary increases or lower wage increments over careers would not have been recruiting at all," Mr Ball said.

Research published last week by XpertHR found that pay awards fell in the first quarter of 2011, despite upward pressure on salaries.

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