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Employers using degree class 'as benchmark'

Published: Thursday, 06 March 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Employers recruiting graduates are using first and 2:1 degree classifications as a 'benchmark', which is contributing to the skills shortage, it has been claimed.

The Winter Review from the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) has said that companies are rejecting graduates with lower degrees which is causing a recruitment shortfall.

Commenting on the trend, Elspeth Farrar, communications director for the AGCAS, said: "This qualification creed where in the past [they] would have been happy with students who had 2:2's, now [they] are saying 'we have got to have a first or a 2:1'."

She added that companies are effectively "shooting themselves in the foot" because they are turning away well-qualified students by insisting on firsts and 2:1s

Ms Farrar suggested that it may be better for companies to have faith in their own recruitment processes rather then solely relying on strict degree classifications.

Some 43 per cent of companies who recruit graduates feel there is shortfall in applicants with the right qualifications.


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