Published: 11 April 2016

UK’s top employers set to recruit record number of graduates in 2016

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Richard Finch from the Careers & Employability Service has been looking at trends for graduate recruitment and how undertaking work experience at university can improve your employment prospects:

Research published recently indicates that the UK’s top employers are set to recruit a record number of graduates in 2016.

The study, by High Fliers Research, is based on a survey of the 100 leading graduate recruiters, and suggests that companies are preparing to recruit their biggest-ever intake of university graduates in 2016.

The research also shows that employers are continuing to expand their paid work experience programmes for undergraduates, and are offering even more paid internships, vacation work, and year in industry placements this year.

There is evidence that work experience schemes are also becoming increasingly important for employers in recruiting new graduates, with 32% of this year’s vacancies expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations, either through paid internships, industrial placements or vacation work.

Students applying for paid work placements during their first or second year at university go through a very similar recruitment process to that used to recruit graduates, and this means that once a placement has been successfully completed more and more employers are able to offer students a graduate position, often a full year before they are due to complete their degree.

There was good news for University of Liverpool students in the report too, with the University moving up the table of institutions targeted by the UK’s top employers to take 23rd place in the list. For those employers who visit the campus to meet students, they are now almost as likely to be targeting first or penultimate year undergraduates as final year students when promoting their graduate vacancies.

The research highlighted that over 1,000 graduate positions were left unfilled in 2015, when an unprecedented number of final year students turned down graduate job offers or changed their minds about jobs that they had accepted before completing their degree.

For students leaving university this summer, it’s very welcome news that Britain’s top employers are recruiting their biggest-ever intake of new graduates in 2016, and as the job market improves, it’s clear that graduates are becoming more selective about the employers they choose to join.”

For further information and advice about graduate employment, please visit the Careers and Employability Service.

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