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Graduates 'calling the shots' in the jobs market

Published: Wednesday, 29 August 2007   Category: Life after graduation

Graduates have more say than employers over what they can realistically expect of the UK jobs market, according to a new report.

A survey of the members of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) found 49 per cent think employers must meet what is expected by potential employees, as opposed to less than one in five claiming the opposite, reports HR Director.

As a result 92 per cent of the recruiters said they should be better addressing the work/life balance in the roles they offer, as without doing so they may lose out on the most talented graduates.

"Our annual conference this year focused on the needs and wants of Generation Y, who are entering the marketplace having grown up with the internet, and with different expectations about work/life balance than the previous generation," said Carl Gilleard, AGR chief executive, reports HR Director.

"Our survey shows that recruiters are adapting to the changing needs of this group of graduates, looking at new and alternative methods for recruitment, and adapting their practices to remain competitive and avoid letting the best talent slip through the net," he added.

The most recent AGR study of the graduate jobs market predicted the number of available positions would rise by 12.7 per cent in the coming year.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18261383-ADNFCR

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