Graduate vacancies set to rise in 2013

The number of graduate vacancies in the UK is set to grow by 9 per cent this year, according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR).  Total vacancies per employer are predicted to increase from an average of 98 in 2012 to 109 this year, found AGR’s latest bi-annual survey of 200 companies, who collectively employed nearly 20,000 graduates last year.  University leavers will also welcome the news that graduate starting salaries look likely to rise to £26,500 in 2013, up from £26,000 last year,  and £25,000 in the three years from 2009 to 2011.

“The results indicate a renewed level of optimism among organisations for the year ahead,” said Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR.  “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.”

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