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'Increased demand' for graduate jobs in public sector

Published: Tuesday, 25 November 2008   Category: Public sector

An increase in the number of university leavers seeking graduate jobs in the public sector has been witnessed, it has been reported.

Cabinet secretary Sir Gus O'Donnell told the Telegraph that the number of applications to the civil service fast stream had increased by 22 per cent, adding that many graduates were turning away from professionals such as banking for the greater stability of government jobs.

According to the cabinet office, departments such as MI5, GCHQ, the Ministry of Defence and local government were all benefitting from having more applicants to choose from.

One graduate management consultant, Nisha Patel, told the newspaper she was applying to the civil service fast stream after being made redundant last month.

Last week, the Telegraph reported that MI6 had launched a recruitment scheme aiming to encourage more applicants from black and Asian minority candidates.

The agency commented that a more ethnically diverse workforce was needed in order to combat the challenges posed by international terrorism.

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