Graduate recruiter confidence on the rise

Confidence among graduate recruiters appears to be increasing, according to research presented today by Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR).

Speaking at today’s GTI Breakfast News event in central London, Gilleard pointed to survey findings that suggest the majority of graduate recruiters expect their recruitment activity to remain steady or increase in 2011.

According to AGR’s survey of graduate recruiter confidence, 50% of respondents expect to fill the same number of vacancies in 2011 as they did this year, whereas just over 35% of respondents anticipate a higher number of vacancies in 2011. Just under 15% of respondents expect to offer fewer vacancies in 2011.

Despite the uncertain economic outlook, the 2009/10 graduate recruitment season was also a successful one for recruiters, with fewer than one in 10 respondents saying that they had failed to fill all their vacancies in that period. The remainder of recruiters say that they have either filled or nearly filled their graduate vacancies for 2009/10, with none of the respondents saying that they had no vacancies to fill in that period.

The 2010/11 XpertHR graduate recruitment survey is currently live and, whether or not your organisation is recruiting this year, we would like to hear from you. You will receive a free report of the findings by taking part, which will help you to benchmark your organisation’s practice. Let us know your thoughts by completing the survey.

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