Graduate degree classifications not high on list of must-haves for employers

Increasing numbers of employers are willing to hire graduates with 2:2 degrees, research has revealed.

A poll of 242 major recruiters by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) found that one-third are now willing to consider applicants with a 2:2.

Last year just one in four said they would look at those with less than a 2:1.

Employers are now taking more notice of sporting and social achievements, and less notice of marks they feel are handed out inconsistently, the research discovered.

Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR, told the Observer yesterday: “Employers have not abandoned degree classifications, but there is a growing awareness that graduates have other things to offer.

“If you use a hard-and-fast cut-off at 2:1, you might miss out.”

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