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Public sector 'needs to win over graduates'

Published: Friday, 30 October 2009   Category: Public sector

The public sector should find a way to boost the graduate jobs it provides if it is to secure fresh talent in the next few years.

That is the opinion of Charlie Ball, the deputy research director of the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (Hecsu), who believes that the financial sector will be where university leavers head for graduate jobs in the near future.

Despite a drop in graduate recruitment at private companies at the beginning of the year, Mr Ball told the Times that it is the public sector which is now experiencing problems as the UK lifts out of the recession.

He told the newspaper: "In the past ten years the public sector has had unprecedented access to talent. It will need to do its best to keep hold of that talent in the coming years."

However, previous research by the Times suggested that engineering and public sector firms are expecting a ten per cent boost for graduate jobs in 2010.

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