A recent survey has indicated that the leading recruiters of graduate talent are going to hire greater numbers of students in 2018. The reasons could be many and varied but perhaps the Brexit date looming closer is creating concern about diminishing talent pools as hiring Europeans will become more difficult.
What it is likely to mean is that competition for the best talent this year will be tougher and those organisations that have the right employer reputation/employee advocacy will come out on top.
Matching this with a a great candidate experience will make the competitive advantage even greater.
Employers in the UK expect to increase their graduate job vacancies by 11% this year, marking a return to double-digit growth, reports the Institute of Student Employers. The annual Student Recruitment Pulse survey by the ISE reported the intentions of 103 of the UK’s largest student employers, which hired 12,994 graduates and 4,937 apprentices in 2017. The survey, which polled more than 100 of the Institute’s employer members, showed that this year employers are ready to offer an additional 1,423 graduate jobs, compared to last year. This marks a return to double-digit growth in the graduate jobs market, which was last evident before the EU referendum in 2016. In 2015 graduate vacancies grew 13%, compared to an 8% decrease in 2016 and 1% increase in 2017.