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Graduate recruitment reports 'too negative'

Published: Wednesday, 21 January 2009   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

The graduate recruitment market is more positive than recent research suggests, it has been claimed.

According to Jonathan Evans, managing director of Discovery Graduates, the recent Graduate Market in 2009 report based upon research conducted by High Fliers offers a misleading perspective on current employment prospects for university leavers.

The study suggested that a 17 per cent cut in recruitment targets has been seen among UK firms in 2009, but Mr Evans claims the statistic is misleading as many of those firms surveyed are based in the finance sector.

He states: "Obviously financial institutions will be cutting recruitment, so this skews the figures massively. Plenty of companies are still recruiting graduates into 'real' jobs, as opposed to structured graduate schemes, and this is not reflected in the report."

Mr Evans warns that negative reports over graduate recruitment could turn out to be a self-fulfilling prophecy, calling for a more optimistic approach.

Earlier this week, Working Futures, a publication from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, predicted that many jobs will be created in sectors such as business, education, distribution and transport over the next ten years.

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