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Employers defy pessimistic graduate jobs outlook
Tuesday, 26 May 2009
Employers meeting at the fifth annual National Graduate Recruitment Awards on Thursday (May 21st) have sent out the message that they will be maintaining employment levels for university leavers, despite the recession.
The Guardian reported that the most coveted award of the evening, graduate employer of the year, as voted for by students and recent graduate joiners, went to computing giant IBM, who said that they were glad their efforts had been recognised.
IBM told the newspaper: "This award is a really good opportunity for us to demonstrate that we live up to the promises we make during the recruitment process."
Winner of the best student marketing campaign PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) also said that when the upturn comes, employers will want to have the "skills and talent ready" to be able to face competition.
PwC has already provided 125 graduate jobs this year and plans to employ another 800 university leavers before the end of 2009.