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Higher education minister backs graduate job survey findings

Published: Wednesday, 10 February 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

The higher education minister David Lammy has spoken positively about the findings in the latest bi-annual graduate recruitment survey from the Association of Graduate Recruiters.

Its report showed that the amount of graduate job cuts is much lower than predicted, with vacancies falling by 8.9 per cent compared to the 24.9 per cent that was forecasted.

The average starting salary on graduate jobs remained at a healthy £25,000, showing that the job sector for university leavers was performing admirably despite the economic downturn.

Mr Lammy said: "Employment rates for graduates continue to be higher than for those with lower qualifications. This research shows that there are areas of growth in the jobs market.

"We currently have over 6,500 vacancies, including over 4,000 that are paid, advertised on our Graduate Talent Pool website, a free service matching talented graduates with businesses offering internships."

Mr Lammy emphasised the fact that internships are a valuable way for graduates to start their careers by gaining skills and work experience in tandem.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19608361-ADNFCR

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