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Graduate recruitment 'to take off' in defence

Published: Thursday, 30 October 2008   Category: Public sector

The expected UK recession could lead to a rise in the number of graduates seeking careers in defence, it has been reported.

Writing for The Times, High Fliers Research managing director Martin Birchall claims graduate vacancies in the sector are expected to increase by ten per cent in the next year, while the wider jobs market contracts at a rate on one per cent.

He proposes that the shortage of new City jobs may lead to engineering graduates to seek defence roles rather than those in consulting or banking.

Mr Birchall states: "For those interested in working in intelligence, there will be up to 500 vacancies at GCHQ, the Government’s communications headquarters, and at MI5.

"Both recruit a wide range of technical and non-technical graduates, including mathematicians, linguists, surveillance officers and electronics technicians."

He adds that graduates starting work at the best-known employers can expect to command wages of between £22,000 and £30,000.

GCHQ is a Civil Service department reporting to the foreign secretary. Its main customers are the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and law enforcement authorities.

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