Graduate vacancies wane

The
number of predicted graduate job vacancies for the coming year has fallen
sharply.

Research
published at the Association of Graduate Recruiters’ (AGR) annual conference
today reveals anticipated vacancies have fallen by 6.5 per cent.

The
finding, provided by responses from 210 AGR members, contrasts sharply with the
estimated 14.6 per cent increase in graduate job vacancies predicted by
employers this time last year.

Carl
Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR, blamed the fall on the uncertainty of the
UK economy, but said the picture was different in each sector.

“Much
of it has to do with the difficulties in the economy. Some sectors have fared
better than others and vacancies have dropped in areas where there were more
difficulties," he said.

Nearly
a third of employers intend to increase graduate intake and 29.5 per cent to
maintain current levels.

www.agr.org.uk

By Ben Willmott

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