office black and whiteReports show that students leaving university are becoming more ‘picky’ when accepting jobs, leaving 1000 graduate vacancies unfilled.

The Graduate Market in 2016 report suggests that there has been a ”noticeable” rise in the number of graduates who are turning down, or reneging on offers of employment. The company surveyed 100 of UK’s leading employers finding that the number of graduates hired by firms rose by 3.3% in 2015 – with 18,818 people taken on overall – although this was a smaller increase than expected.

In total, 1,074 positions were not filled, the study concluded, with the majority of these down to graduates turning down or reneging on offers, High Fliers said, and a relatively small proportion due to employers being unable to recruit suitable candidates.

Around 30 organisations reported that they had positions they were unable to recruit for and a further 19 said they had taken on fewer graduates than predicted in July last year, the report concluded.

”A noticeable rise in the number of graduates turning down or reneging on job offers that they had previously accepted meant that over 1,000 graduate positions were left unfilled last year, reducing the graduate intake at almost a third of the UK’s leading employers,” the report said.

Firms are expecting to expand their graduate recruitment by a further 7.5% in 2016, the report says, the fourth year in a row that vacancies have increased and taking graduate recruitment to its highest ever level.

Martin Birchall, managing director of High Fliers Research, said: ” For students leaving university this summer, it’s very welcome news that Britain’s top employers are recruiting their biggest-ever intake of new graduates in 2016 and will be investing a record amount in their training, development and starting salaries.

“But as the job market goes from strength to strength, it’s clear that our brightest graduates are becoming increasingly choosy about the employers they join and last year record numbers turned down employers’ job offers or changed their mind about an offer they had accepted during their final months at university.

“As a result, more than 1,000 graduate positions at some of the country’s most popular and sought-after employers were left unfilled.”


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