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Public sector graduate vacancies are 'frozen'

Published: Thursday, 07 April 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

People looking for graduate opportunities this year will find themselves entering a two-speed labour market, according to the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU).

Charlie Ball, deputy director of research at HECSU, said that the outlook for the graduate jobs depends on business confidence, but that the private sector looks more promising than the public.

"The public sector is essentially in an ongoing recruitment freeze," he said.

"[It] has been expecting severe cuts or a slowdown in recruitment for some time, and so we are expecting that that will be a less important area for graduates."

But he added that the companies with a "more private sector outlook" look to be applying more people via graduate schemes and similar routes.

According to research that was released by the Incomes Data Services on Monday (April 4th), 70 per cent of graduate employers will be freezing their recruitment rates this year.  

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