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Graduate employers blamed for job dearth

Published: Thursday, 13 August 2009   Category: Employer News

A new report by top graduate recruiter PricewaterhouseCoopers has shown that university leavers believe employers are to blame for the lack of work opportunities available to them.

The study revealed that 43 per cent of 18-to-34-year olds believe graduate employers, universities and the government could do more to help those looking for a job in the current economic climate.

Some 59 per cent of respondents think that graduate employers with short-term outlooks on their recruitment strategies lead to a lack of job prospects for university leavers, while this figure was increased for those looking for financial work.

Sonja Stockton, head of recruitment for PricewaterhouseCoopers, said that students need to work harder to find a graduate job, but "employers need to sustain their recruitment programmes where possible, or be transparent about recruitment plans when they are dealing with job seekers".

Supermarket giant Tesco recently announced that it will continue to recruit graduates throughout the recession, which may be good news for those looking for jobs in retail.

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