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February 2014
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It’s Trending: Graduate Recruitment is on the Rise

Posted By: Nicky Garcea and Gurpal Minhas
2014 started well for graduates when the High Fliers Research reported that we could expect a 9% rise in graduate recruitment equating to around 1,400 extra jobs.
As the BBC have reported today there is a consensus emerging that early career and graduate recruitment is on the rise, and can only be a good thing when last year’s statistics suggested that one in every ten graduates was unemployed.
Stephen Isherwood, CEO for the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) reported at their AGM last Monday that employer members of the AGR were also reporting a significant rise in graduate recruitment in 2013 and this trend was predicted to continue well into 2014.
Stephen reported the following key trends from the survey:
• Graduate recruitment was up by 4.3% in 2013 and is expected to rise by 10.2% in 2014.
• Industries that were seeing the greatest rise in graduate vacancies include: IT/Telecom, Public Sector, Banking and Energy.
• London, South East and West Midlands are seeing the greatest growth in graduate vacancies.
• 50% of AGR members surveyed now have a school leaver programme and a further 15.4% expect to launch one in 2014.
• The number of applicants per vacancy varies between Graduates’s (85) and School Leavers (25).
The AGR data also echo’s the global graduate recruitment trends being reported out of the US from the Graduate Management Admissions Council (GMAC). GMAC’s annual poll of employers conducted in 2013, covers 211 employers at 185 companies in 33 countries worldwide.
GMAC have recently reported:
• More than three-quarters of employers that plan to hire business school graduates in 2014 expect to maintain or increase their hiring levels compared with 2013.
• 87% of employers plan to maintain (43%) or increase (43%) headcounts for new MBA hires.
• Salaries in 2014 expected to increase for Business Graduates; a majority of employers seeking to hire business school graduates in 2014 (between 51% and 58%) plan to increase annual base salary levels for new hires at or above the rate of inflation.
These international shoots of early career recruitment recovery are good news for the many school leavers and graduates seeking to be employed.
The challenge for many recruiters right now is how to identify and assess the most exemplar apprentice and graduates to ensure they recruit the highest calibre of applicants whilst attending into increased candidate numbers. Many of our graduate recruiter clients saw their applications double in 2013.
Capp’s recruitment solution ‘Strengths Selector’ successfully supported Barclays Investment Bank, EY, Morrisons, Microsoft and Nestlé recruit diverse and socially mobile early career talent in 2013 and into 2014. If you would like to know more about our work and view our case studies with these clients please contact us at or follow us on twitter @nickygarcea @gurpalminhas.

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