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Shell, E-ON, Microsoft announce graduate jobs retention

Published: Friday, 28 August 2009   Category: Transport and utilities

Employers have scrambled to assure future university leavers that there will still be graduate jobs available at their firms when they finish their degrees.

Big names such as energy providers Shell and E-ON, along with computing giant Microsoft, have all said that despite a decline in graduate jobs availability during the recession, they will continue to make the most of degree-level talent.

According to Personnel Today, Shell will be hiring 100 graduates next year, which is the same number for both 2009 and 2008, while E-ON announced 30 positions.

Microsoft added that it would continue graduate recruitment for the foreseeable future.

Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR, said: "Past experience tells us that businesses that close their graduate talent pipeline, even for a short period, find themselves at a commercial disadvantage when the upturn comes."

BT recently announced that it was cutting all graduate jobs this year, to much criticism from fellow employers and organisations.


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