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Graduate jobs market expands, survey shows

Published: Tuesday, 08 July 2008   Category: Career Advice

The graduate jobs market seems to be shaping up well despite current economic worries, a new survey shows.

According to the latest research from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) the number of graduate job vacancies has increased by 11.7 per cent on last year, reports Onrec.com.

It also reveals that the top sectors for graduate recruitment are accountancy and banking, which offer a third of all vacancies between them.

Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR, said: "This year's eagerly-anticipated survey was something of an unknown quantity; the optimistic predictions of our Winter Review early in the year were rapidly overtaken by concerns about an economic downturn."

Respondents also predicted that graduate vacancies will grow again in 2009, he added.

Last week, research by the Higher Education Statistics Agency found that the average graduate salary is currently £20,000 a year for those students completing full-time degree programmes.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18674684-ADNFCR

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