Good news for graduates as employers to increase student hires next year

Written by: Anne Corder Recruitment
Published on: 13 Jul 2022


July 2022

Good news for graduates as employers to increase student hires next year

 ALMOST half of employers plan to increase the number of students and graduates they hire over the next year; new research has found. 

According to survey findings, 47 per cent of organisations that employ college and university leavers intend to boost the number of jobs they offer that sector in the next 12 months.

The good news has been welcomed by Peterborough-based Anne Corder Recruitment, despite 85 per cent of employers recognising that graduates have had less time and experience in the workplace because of the pandemic.

The recruitment agency recently carried out its own online research, with employers saying they favour work ethic over work experience when looking for their next student recruit.

Almost three quarters (69 per cent) of respondents said work ethic and personal ability ranked way above work experience when it came to offering the job.

Transferable skills (31 per cent) were also favoured – with work experience scoring 0 in the online survey.

Recruitment partner Judith Broughton said: “This latest national research comes on the back of our own survey – both of which bring really encouraging news for graduates.

“Graduates have some incredible positives to offer the workplace. They are eager to start their first ‘proper’ job, have fresh ideas and new talents to offer an employer, come with a willingness to learn and are enthusiastic.

“It is also encouraging to see that employers are shifting the emphasis when it comes to traits they are looking for when recruiting for their next graduate role, which in turn will help with retaining enthusiastic young talent.”

Judith added: “While the pandemic has impacted many areas when it comes to jobs and employment, and employers are taking into account that many young people have not been able to attain high levels or any work experience, there is still plenty graduates can do to make themselves employable and get ahead of the game when employers are looking to fill roles.”

 Other findings from Institute of Student Employers (ISE) and Handshake survey included:

  • A third (33 per cent ) of employers said the main motivation for increasing the number of graduates was company growth.
  • A fifth (20 per cent) said their main motivation was graduate hires that represent‘ good value’.
  • Most (90 per cent) said connecting with good candidates more generally was a concern.
  • Finding graduates with job-specific skill sets and who are sector-ready will remain a top priority in the year ahead, according to 63 per cent of businesses.
  • Soft skills such as working with others, professionalism, punctuality and managing deadlines were key for 44 per cent of businesses.

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