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Graduate recruitment picture more positive than thought, figures show

Published: Tuesday, 09 February 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

The latest Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) report has shown that the amount of graduate job cuts is much less than predicted.

Graduate job vacancies did fall by 8.9 per cent but this figure represents a considerably smaller reduction in degree-level jobs than the 24.9 per cent that was predicted, suggesting that recruitment in this sector is rallying as the country leaves recession.

Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR, said: "Today's survey suggests that the graduate employment market is starting to normalise and to begin the process of recovery.

"A small decrease following a large one the year before is consistent with previous trends and, by 2011, we could be seeing vacancy increases for the first time since 2008. It is heartening to see employers remain steadfast in their commitment to graduates."

The survey is based on the responses of 214 of the country's graduate recruiters who employed 19,247 graduates in 2009 across more than 20 business sectors.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19605125-ADNFCR

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