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Utilities sector last vestige for graduate jobs

Published: Monday, 06 July 2009   Category: Transport and utilities

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has released its bi-annual survey of the jobs market for those with degrees today (July 6th) and it reports that the energy and utilities sector is the only industry reporting increased employment.

Those looking for employment after leaving university this year may look towards the sector for a graduate job, but the survey paints a gloomy picture for all other industries.

Utilities is seeing a 7.1 per cent rise in graduate job vacancies despite the recession, and Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR, emphasised that a decrease in overall position by 24.9 per cent does not mean that there are now none at all.

He said: "It is important to look at this in context and to point out that very few employers have abandoned their graduate recruitment programmes altogether and most are likely to reinstate recruitment levels at the first sign of an upturn in the economy."

Mr Gilleard still maintains that the media have been too pessimistic about the graduate jobs situation in the UK, recently telling the Independent that it focused too much on the negative data.


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