Further to the earlier post “What Do Graduates Do?“, the AGCAS Quarterly Survey of Vacancies and Employer Activity suggests a positive trend during the summer of 2011.
Vacancies in IT, retail, marketing, advertising and PR all rose during that period, while the survey also reported increased vacancies from smaller companies, some of whom may have been recruiting graduates for the first time.
At the other end of the scale larger companies, who might have ceased recruitment altogether in earlier recessions, have continued taking on graduates – perhaps to avoid future shortages – although many have reduced numbers and are making more use of internships and temporary posts.
AGCAS reports that the overall picture is mixed as there are still plenty of graduates from previous years competing for posts, but there are some clear signs for optimism.
This will be the last post this year, so here’s to wish all reading this a Merry Christmas and an Employable New Year!