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Public sector perfect for graduate jobs

Published: Friday, 20 February 2009   Category: Public sector

Graduate vacancies have been increasing in the public sector, which will require skills from many areas such as engineering, surveying, human resources and finance.

Recent research by High Fliers shows that public sector graduate employment is up by 51 per cent and a similar report by the Association of Graduate Recruitment says that there has been growth in the industry, which is anticipating further rise.

Public sector work will appeal to graduates due to its security in difficult economic times and a salary to compete with the private sector, but also because of its rotational nature, offering a variety of work experiences.

Emily Scott, a 2007 graduate who found work with the National Autistic Society, told the Independent: "I don't think anyone's job is completely safe at the moment, but I really do think that compared to my peers in the private sector, I feel a lot more secure."

She also expressed happiness with the way her training has developed and that public sector workers tend to be "nurtured", offering "real responsibility and authority".

Contract services providers Giant Group has found an increase in accountants working outside the private sector, up from 34 per cent to 37 per cent in the last quarter.

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