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Graduates could see job chances increase after CEO optimism
Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Banking and Finance
Recent university leavers looking for graduate jobs in banking and finance may be interested to hear that a recent survey has shown that over one-third (42 per cent) of UK chief executives (CEOs) plan on increasing headcount over the next year.
The survey, conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and revealed at Davos, suggests that CEOs are looking to invest in employees as a way of recovering and growing in the economic downturn.
Based on extensive interviews with around 70 CEOs of UK firms, it found that the men and women in charge at the top are firmly focussed on improving flexible working and employee engagement.
Michael Rendell, partner and leader of human resource services at PwC, said: "We are all well-versed in the assertion that the deep cost-cutting and headcount reduction many companies felt forced to undertake during the recession could impact speed of recovery and competitiveness so it's encouraging that CEOs are now prioritising the people agenda."
The report also showed that three-quarters (72 per cent) of respondents see having a talented, well-skilled and well-qualified workforce as crucial to the future competitiveness of the UK.
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