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Public sector 'best option' for graduate jobs

Published: Friday, 13 November 2009   Category: Public sector

Graduate job hunters are looking towards the public sector in the tough economic climate, new research has shown.

Conducted by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, the study found that the number of university leavers taking up roles in various positions within the public sector has increased since 2007.

There are now 14 per cent more degree-holding teachers, 15 per cent more medical practitioners, 17 per cent more sports coaches and 55 per cent more social workers than two years ago, according to Human Resources magazine.

Simon Page, director of permanent recruitment at Parity Resources, commented on the results, telling the news provider: "With economic green shoots now more than a rumour, businesses should be assessing their skills gaps and engaging talent from outside the confines of their workplace."

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit recently told the Times that the public sector organisations, such as the NHS, should find a way to boost the graduate jobs they provide if they are to secure fresh talent in the next few years.

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