Belfast Telegraph

Graduates' salaries hit £26k mark

By Clare Weir

Graduate starting salaries in the UK have edged up by 6% to £26,500, according to research.

The Association of Graduate Recruiters has published the summer edition of its bi-annual survey which shows that figures are up after three consecutive years of salary standstill from 2009-2011.

The Northern Ireland regional chairman of economy think tank PricewaterhouseCooper, Paul Terrington, said that the local graduate job market remains tight.

"Northern Ireland employers are competing for the best graduates in exactly the same way as graduates are competing for job opportunities with the region's leading employers," he said.

"Around one-in-five of Northern Ireland's young people are unemployed. This, coupled with lack of business and investment confidence, has put pressure on graduate employment opportunities.

"There are real opportunities for graduates with good degrees and who can demonstrate skills and experience beyond the classroom, but for the foreseeable future the market will remain competitive, with the best graduates getting the better offers."

PwC is Northern Ireland's largest graduate recruiter, taking around 100 graduates annually.