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More graduate recruitment in 2012

New research from High Fliers Research reveals that despite the uncertain economic outlook, Britain’s top employers are set to recruit more graduates in 2012.

However, the report on the graduate job market published on Wednesday 11 January 2012, showed that those with work experience are more likely to be successfully recruited.

The Graduate Market in 2012 – a study of graduate vacancies and starting salaries at Britain’s 100 leading employers conducted by High Fliers Research in December 2011 shows that employers expect to hire 6.4% more graduates in 2012 than they did in 2011.

The report also warns that graduates from the ‘Class of 2012’ who have had no work experience whilst at university stand little or no chance of being successful in their recruitment by the country’s most prestigious graduate employers. The report showed that a record 36% of this year’s graduate vacancies are expected to be filled by applicants who have already worked for the organisation during their studies.

Half the employers included in the research have increased their graduate recruitment targets for 2012 and there are additional roles on offer in nine of the 14 industries and employment areas featured in the report.

On average, employers have received 19% more applications for their graduate programmes this year, with some recruiters reporting double the usual volume of applicants in the early part of their 2011-2012 recruitment campaign.

The majority of employers are not planning to increase their graduate remuneration in 2012 – the average graduate starting salary remains at £29,000 for the third year running.

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