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Graduate recruitment specialist reports spike in paid SME graduate placements

Graduate recruitment specialist reports spike in paid SME graduate placements

 “Graduates are having a big impact on the SME sector”, claims Give A Grad A Go MD

Give a Grad a Go (GAGAGO), the leading specialist placement-to-permanent graduate recruitment firm for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), today releases statistics that show a significant change in businesses’ attitudes towards graduate recruitment.

The first 6 months of 2011 showed a 71 per cent increase in the number of paid graduate placements compared to the same period in 2010. This resulted in a subsequent 200 per cent increase in the number of permanent positions offered to said graduates.

“These encouraging statistics bear out our experience with graduate recruitment”, says Cary Curtis, founder and managing director of GAGAGO. “Employers that pay a fair wage for placement positions easily earn it back in terms of more motivated and productive workers, and reduced recruitment costs. With the average recruitment cost for full-time employees now exceeding &pound4,500, it is highly cost-efficient to bring on graduates to see what they can do, and then hire the best ones.

“This is particularly relevant for SMEs, as in addition to the financial benefits, theyalso have access to candidates who would usually have been snapped up by the major corporate graduate schemes.”

GAGAGO has also seen the quality of prospective graduates improve, with 70 per cent of its candidates coming from top 100 UK universities and 57 per cent boasting a 1st or a 2.1.

“The quality of graduates available in the employment market is better than ever before which makes now the perfect time for employers to consider adding fresh, enthusiastic talent to the workforce”, adds Curtis. “Graduates are having a notably positive effect in the SME sector and they’re often not given the credit they deserve.”


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