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Recruitment 'opportunities' for employers

Published: Monday, 05 January 2009   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Employers across a range of sectors can use the credit crunch to their advantage, by recruiting from a larger pool of job candidates, it has been suggested.

Writing for the Times, minister for transport Lord Andrew Adonis says the recent economic downturn will signal an end to "the extreme dominance" of financial and business service firms in graduate recruitment from the top UK universities.

He claimed that this could increase levels of competition in a number of sectors, citing education, engineering and public services as examples.

Lord Adonis stated: "As a new generation of graduates revalue their expectations, employers can seize this crucible moment to establish themselves as careers of choice for the most able, driving a new British spirit of public service and industrial ambition."

He suggested that firms should be pitching for the brightest graduates with "challenging" graduate training programmes.

Last month, Mark Parker, executive chairman of Talkbiznow, urged graduates to prove their value to employers by "excelling" in what they do.

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