Graduate vacancies at five-year high – Poll

The UK's 100 ‘leading employers’ have 4.6% more jobs for new graduates than in 2012, High Fliers Research said. But its study of the 2013 graduate market said there were still on average 46 applicants for each position, writes Judith Burns for BBC News.

Last month the Higher Education Statistics Agency said it believed that 10% of UK students remained unemployed six months after graduating in 2012. The latest study suggests the rise in vacancies for graduates is higher than expected. Earlier this year, the same group of employers predicted that graduate vacancies would increase by 2.7%.

The data are based on responses from the 100 organisations that a poll of 18,000 final-year students at 30 selected universities identified as offering the best career opportunities. Despite this year's increase in recruitment, "vacancies for university leavers at the UK's best known and most popular employers remain below the pre-recession intake seen in 2007", says the report, The Graduate Market in 2013.
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