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Graduates call for lower entry standards

Published: Wednesday, 28 April 2010   Category: Banking and Finance

Recent university leavers looking for graduate jobs in banking and finance may be interested to hear the results of a survey that showed more than half (58 per cent) of graduates think employers should scrap their minimum requirements of a 2:1 degree.

Eva Malecki, graduate recruitment manager at Centrica, responded to the survey results and said that she believed accepting candidates with a 2:2 or above enables her employer to attract a wider range of candidates.

She added: "To secure the best talent for our business, we look beyond a degree classification; job history, activities and interests outside of university and competency-based examples are just as important to show us that an applicant has skills beyond their degree."

Her comments come soon after accountancy firm KPMG announced it would be upping its graduate intake to 820, an increase on last year when they only took on 600.

KPMG's plans fall relatively in line with rivals PricewaterhouseCoopers and Deloitte, who both recruit around 1,000 university leavers a year, while Ernst & Young is planning to take on around 950 graduates and interns this year.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19747973-ADNFCR

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