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'Most companies' planning to recruit graduates this year

Published: Monday, 24 May 2010   Category: All Graduate job news

University leavers received a huge boost today (May 24th) after new research suggested that the majority of companies will offer graduate jobs this year.

The study, commissioned by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), revealed that only six per cent of UK firms plan to impose a total freeze on graduate recruitment.

This represents a major improvement from the figure of 38 per cent recorded in late summer 2009 and appears to suggest that the economic recovery is gathering pace.

"Employers have come out the other side of the recession, having managed to keep many more people in jobs than had been expected," said John Cridland, deputy director general of the CBI.

The research, which was compiled by recruitment firm Harvey Nash after interviewing hundreds of companies in February and March, also revealed that 28 per cent of firms plan to increase their staff levels over the next 12 months.

Last week, Rob Scott, managing director of Aaron Wallis Sales Recruitment, revealed that British firms are looking outside the EU for graduate engineers due to a dearth of candidates in the UK.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19796013-ADNFCR

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