Top recruiter urges graduates to consider opportunities
Top recruiter urges graduates to consider opportunities outside the UKs major capital cities Ernst & Youngs UK graduate recruitment numbers jump 30% This years graduates need to be much more flexible about the locations in which they choose to be based for work and look beyond the traditional major capital cities for opportunities, according to one of the UKs biggest graduate recruiters Ernst & Young. The call comes on the back of a major biannual study by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) out today (6 July 2010) which shows that the overall number of graduate vacancies in the UK has declined by 6.9%. However, there are some bright spots in the survey. The number of graduate vacancies available in professional services, which includes the Big Four the UKs largest recruiters, has increased by 17.1%. Stephen Isherwood, head of graduate recruitment in the UK, Ernst & Young, commenting on the AGR figures, says that although the numbers show that the UK graduate recruitment market remains slightly bruised following the recession, it is not all doom and gloom. There is no need for there to be a lost generation, he says. There are still vacancies out there and the accounting firms, law firms and banks are just some of the organisations that are increasing their vacancy numbers for 2011 start dates. Isherwood adds, Not all of the jobs available to graduates are located in the UKs major cities. Graduates need to get on their bikes for work this year, look around for opportunities and be prepared to be flexible. There are some fantastic opportunities to work for major global organisations like Ernst & Young, based in towns up and down the country such as Reading and Southampton, which provide the same career development opportunities as being based in a major UK city. Ernst & Young graduates place up 30% Ernst & Young has today announced plans to recruit over 900 graduates and undergraduates to start work in 2011. This 30% year-on-year increase highlights the firms continued drive to invest in the best and brightest talent as part of its growth strategy. For the first time Ernst & Young graduate vacancies were opened on the 1 July this year, significantly earlier than in previous years, so that potential recruits can obtain offers well ahead of embarking on their final year of study. Alison Duncan, people leader UK & Ireland, Ernst & Young, comments, Building the next generation is essential to the growth of our business and we are looking for new and upcoming talent to help us deliver to our clients. We are recruiting across all parts of the business and would encourage graduates from all disciplines, as well as those who have taken gap year, to apply to the Ernst & Young scheme.