Companies urged to hire more graduates as demand for junior digital roles hits all-time high
The job board, which specialises in advertising online, eCommerce, media and digital marketing vacancies, reported a 22% increase in junior/graduate-level candidates signing up to the site in Q2 compared with the same period last year.
This is the highest number of sign-ups of junior and graduate-level candidates the site has seen in a single quarter since its launch in April 2011.
It was the less technical side of the digital industry that was most appealing to graduates, with 28% of Q2 junior and graduate sign-ups expressing an interest in Copywriting careers.
Just under a quarter of those were looking for careers in media while 20% were on the look-out for a job opportunity in online and digital marketing.
MD of Bubble Job Adam Butwilowski said: “We normally see a surge in candidates looking for more junior digital jobs around Q2 but as our figures show, this year there’s definitely more demand than ever before.
“It’s interesting to see that while we’ve noticed a clear demand for more junior creative roles in the past, this year we’re definitely seeing more of an even spread, with copywriting and media coming out on top. This demonstrates that graduates are now becoming more and more aware of just how diverse the digital sector is and the type and variety of roles available.
“With a clear demand from digitally-focused junior candidates, we’re now urging companies to reconsider their hiring plans to ensure they don’t miss out on a potential wealth of junior candidates who can bring fresh eyes and real enthusiasm to their digital business.”
The message from Bubble Jobs comes just a week after a new report revealed that confidence in the UK graduate job market is at its highest for more than a decade.
According to The UK Graduate Careers Survey 2014 report, 25% of the 18,000 final year university students questioned expected to start a graduate job straight after university – the highest proportion since 2002.
The research also found that around 25% of graduates who had made graduate job applications before the survey took place in March had received definitive job offers from employers – the highest percentage recorded by The Graduate Careers Survey since its launch in 1995.
The report also found that, for the third year running, marketing careers were the most popular destination for new graduates, followed by consulting, the media and teaching.