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Graduate recruitment levels maintained during 2016

Published: Tuesday, 12 July 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Almost three quarters of graduate recruiters have continued to hire graduates, despite the European Union referendum exit vote, according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR).

They conducted a survey with some of UK’s biggest student employers and looking into how the EU referendum will impact on their recruitment strategy for 2016 and 2017.

It was good news for graduates, with the vast majority of recruiters reporting that it would be business as usual during 2016 as recruitment would stay at current levels, while 2% said they will increase the amount of graduates they take on.

Impact on apprenticeships

When it comes to apprenticeships, 2016 seems less clear with just over half of those who responded saying they would maintain the apprenticeship opportunities that they offer – 8% said they would increase their intake, and 3% said they it would be reduced.

Apprentice and graduate recruiters are unsure of their plans for 2017, with 64% of respondents saying that it was too early to understand the impact that Brexit will have.

However, one in five believe they will be able to recruit at a similar level to what they reached in 2016, whilst 6% expect to reduce the amount they hire, and 7% plan on seeing an increase.

Employers desire to attract talent

According to Stephen Isherwood, chief executive at the AGR, graduate jobs are effected by the economy, creating uncertainty after the result of the EU vote.

However results show that for many employers there has been no change in their desire to be able to attract and retain the best possible talent.

Mr Isherwood also urged students to remain positive and focused when looking for opportunities, and to seek guidance on how to make the most out of their abilities and skills. 

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