Demand for highly-skilled graduates in IT, Financial Services and Engineering is set to grow strongly in 2012, according to a new survey of the UK’s top employers. Alongside this demand will be a stronger-than-ever expectation that candidates will already have work experience or an internship on their CV.
Research by the “High Fliers” company, based on a survey of the Times top 100 Graduate Employers, found IT and telecoms firms intend to provide 32 pert cent more graduate entry jobs than in 2011, whilst engineering and industrial companies will hire 22 per cent more.
Those large companies will place a high premium on skilled, experienced graduates. Demand for new talent to work in finance functions is the highest, with 62 per cent of companies, of all types, planning to hire these skills. Second highest is IT: although relatively few IT companies may be looking for graduates, 57 per cent of all companies surveyed need graduates to work in IT functions.
Companies surveyed placed particular emphasis on graduates having already gained some direct experience in their field. More than half of companies reported that it was very unlikely they would hire a graduate, regardless of their academic results, if they had not already had a work experience placement or internship in the field.
Andrew Tomlinson, REC Policy Advisor for the Technology sector said:
“Despite the lack of confidence across the economy as a whole, this research again lays bare that demand remains healthy for workers with specialist skills and workplace experience. Despite testing economic conditions, there are still opportunities for recruiters across these sectors.”