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Graduate engineer jobs may be available in steel after industry bounces

Published: Monday, 21 February 2011   Category: Science, Engineering and IT

University-leavers looking for graduate engineer jobs should try to land a position in the steel industry, which is currently growing.

The trade association for the industry, UK Steel, announced today (February 21st) that production in January 2011 was up more than a third on December 2010's levels.

Nationwide, steel production went up 35.4 per cent, while in some regions it was more. Last month, the Yorkshire and Humber area increased the production of the metal 50 per cent of December's levels.

Ian Rodgers, the director of UK Steel, was cautiously optimistic about the new statistics.

"The uplift in January output was heartening and is a reflection of the continuing improvement in UK manufacturing output generally," he said.

"Nevertheless, we still have a long way to go to achieve pre-recession levels of steel output, with demand from the construction sector in particular remaining very weak."

UK Steel, which is a member of the manufacturer's organisation EEF, will release new data on a bi-monthly basis. 

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