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Female students more likely to be hired for top graduate schemes

Published: Wednesday, 27 July 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Female students are less likely to apply for top graduate jobs but also more likely to secure them if they end up applying, according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters.

The survey of 170 leading employers found that while 54% of students are women, they actually make up just 47% of graduate scheme applicants – but took 49% of the posts.

Statistics show that woman do not apply for the top schemes when they should, meaning that the drive for gender diversity of graduate programmes faces the challenge of enticing women in the first place.

Even in areas that are traditional dominated by men, such as engineering and IT, women are proportionally more likely to be successful with their application once they apply, according to the survey.

For example, women make up 15% of engineering students and 17% of IT students, but successfully secure 25% and 27% of the places on graduate schemes in these fields.

Figures reveal that whilst men make up 85% and 83% of the student population in the sectors, it is tougher for them to find work, taking up 75% and 73% of the roles available.

Employers desire to hire graduates

Also revealed in the survey was that employers that hire graduates are attempting to boost the amount of women they take on.

Three quarters of the businesses that responded to the survey had a strategy for diversity in place, with the majority saying that attempting to realign the gender imbalance was a top priority.

Engineering and construction firms saw significant success, increasing the share of woman hires by 4% and 3% over a year-long period.

Graduate employers want to hire women, and there are lots of opportunities out there which they are more likely to succeed in, according to AGR chief executive Stephen Isherwood.

Mr Isherwood believes all businesses need to address why females are not applying and boost their confidence and encourage more female graduates to reach their potential.

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