2013 to see a boost in graduate jobs and salaries

2013 to see a boost in graduate jobs and salaries

There will be an increase in the number of vacancies for graduates this year and their starting salaries are set to be higher.

This is according to recent research from the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) into recruitment figures for university leavers. 

It predicted the number of graduate vacancies will increase by 9% this year, which comes after an 8% drop in figures in 2012.

According to the research, the number of vacancies per employer will typically be 109 – an increase from 98 per organisation last year.

AGR Chief Executive Carl Gilleard said the results of the survey show a “renewed level of optimism”, which will come as good news to this year’s graduates.

He added: “With the graduate job market inextricably linked to business confidence, it is reassuring to see that employers are committed to investing in graduate talent despite the backdrop of continuing global economic uncertainty.”

In addition to this increase in job availability for graduates, the starting salary for university leavers is also expected to rise this year.

AGR surveyed 200 UK members across 20 sectors and found that starting wages will increase from £26,000 to £26,500.

This follows a three-year period where starting salaries were level at £25,000 between 2009 and 2011.

Some students who are currently at universities and are hoping to join graduate programmes can anticipate earning £26,500 by the time they finish their studies this summer, as graduate-jobs.com recently revealed more students are looking for jobs earlier these days.

A recent survey showed one-in-five people at university in the UK begin searching for a graduate job before their final year

Mr Gilleard stated: “The difficult economic climate means that the ‘war for talent’ is more important than ever before, as organisations look to recruit and retain people who give them a competitive edge.”

Therefore, he anticipated salaries will continue to rise as a reflection of this.

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