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AGCAS Graduate Labour Market and Student Engagement Survey

Around 70% of respondents to the 2016 AGCAS Graduate Labour Market and Student Engagement Survey reported an increase in graduate vacancies and saw the market as generally more buoyant than the previous year.

Improved offerings

In the last year careers services have improved their offering to students and increased engagement with businesses. This has resulted in a diversification of employers at careers fairs and increased engagement from students. Some 90% of careers services said they now offered other on-campus employer activities alongside careers fairs, with 6 out of 10 increasing this activity in 2015/16.

New trends

The continuing trend towards increased engagement with small and medium-sized enterprises is evident from the survey. Heads reported a significant increase in vacancies in the IT sector, along with increases in engineering. However, heads also reported a decrease in vacancies in media, the public sector and energy-related sectors.

Some three quarters of careers services now manage placements and internships in their institutions, with half reporting higher proportions of students and graduates taking up placements/internship opportunities in 2015/16 than the previous year.

Read the 2016 report press release: Heads of higher education careers services report a healthy graduate job market in 2016, despite challenges of Brexit

Author(s): AGCAS

Production date: 2016

How to obtain: The Heads of Service Labour Market and Student Engagement Survey (2015): Findings Report is available to download below.

Communities: Yorkshire and Humberside, West Midlands, Wales, South West England, South England, South East England, Scotland, Research, Recruiters and Partners, North West England, North East England, London, Ireland, Heads and Deputies, Graduate Labour Market (GLaM), Employability, East Midlands, Careers Information, Careers Advice and Guidance, AGCAS

Audiences: Academics, Careers practitioners , Employers, Students and graduates - all

Format: Web


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