Belfast Telegraph

39 apply for every graduate vacancy on job market

By Alison Kershaw

The UK's top employers received around 39 applications for every graduate job this year amid a rise in vacancies, research suggests.

A new study reveals that the number of graduate-level openings available has returned to pre-recession levels, with big increases in industries such as the media, engineering and consultancy.

Overall, a third of graduate employers has stepped up recruitment in the last six months, taking on more university graduates than they expected, according to an annual survey conducted by High Fliers Research.

The survey is based on responses from 100 leading graduate employers, including firms such as PwC, Jaguar Land Rover and Unilever. It reveals an 11.6% increase in job openings this year, with overall recruitment returning to the same level as 2007 – before the start of the recession.

On average, employers have received 39.2 applications per vacancy. The biggest number of vacancies is in accounting and professional services (4,442 vacancies available), the public sector (3,415), investment banking (2,148) and engineering (1,650).

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