Graduate Jobs Set to Hit 7 Year High in 2014

Jobs available to graduates in the UK will hit a seven-year high in 2014, signalling a return to pre-crisis levels in employment opportunities for university leavers.

New figures from High Fliers Research, based on a survey of the UK’s 100 top employers including Rolls Royce, Sainsbury’s, KPMG and the BBC, which monitors graduate recruitment, predict an 8.7 per cent increase in vacancies this year, the largest annual growth since 2009.

The research found the largest growth in jobs will be at public sector employers, accounting firms, investment banks and engineering companies, which together intend to recruit almost 1,200 additional graduates in 2014. The largest individual recruiters will be Teach First, the teacher training charity, with 1,550 vacancies, PwC with 1,200 vacancies and Deloitte with 1,000.

Martin Birchall, managing director of High Fliers Research, said that the prospects for graduates leaving university this year are “the best they’ve been” since the start of the recession.

“There are [also] more opportunities than ever for university students to get paid work experience with the country’s most sought-after graduate employers – together they are offering over 11,000 paid internships and work placements this year for first and second year undergraduates,” Mr Birchall added.

David Willetts, universities minister, welcomed the substantial rise in vacancies as a sign that “confidence in the UK economy is growing and businesses really value the skills the UK’s first-rate graduates can bring to their companies”.

“A degree is still one of the best routes to a good job and a rewarding career,” Mr Willetts said.

Jobshop Engage New Recruits for Global Risk Assessment Leader, Solace.

From left: John Simmons, Solace QSH&E Manager, David Eaton-Jones, Solace Commercial Director, Lucy York, Executive Recruitment Director, Engage, Kelyn Goater, Recruitment Consultant, Jobshop UK, Gemma Utton, Solace HR Manager and Matthew Roberts, Solace Commercial Executive.

A Dorset based independent recruitment specialist has announced the successful placement of four candidates with the world’s most trusted provider of security in maritime, offshore and land-based environments, Solace Global.

Bournemouth based, Jobshop UK, has placed Gemma Utton in the role of HR Manager, and Matthew Roberts as Commercial Executive, based at Solace Global’s Poole Headquarters.

Kelyn Goater, Permanent Recruitment Consultant for Jobshop UK, said: “Both Gemma and Matthew stood out as perfect matches for this rapidly expanding company and we look forward to working with Solace Global in the future.”

Engage Executive Jobs, the executive division of Jobshop UK, has also successfully placed David Eaton-Jones in the role of Commercial Director, with John Simmons recruited as QHSE Manager.

Executive Recruitment Director for Engage, Lucy York, said: “Engage are pleased to have partnered with Solace during this important stage of the company’s growth, identifying the skill required and importantly, the individuals who best fit the culture of the company and client base. We wish David and John a long and successful career in their new roles.”

Established in 2009 and with offices in London, Dubai and Hong Kong, Solace Global have quickly grown to become a 25 million pound turnover company that offer the very highest standards in protection and security globally with the maritime sector a key focus. The company has very recently been awarded ISO PAS 28007, one of only two security companies to achieve this industry leading standard by Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA).

The latest appointments for Solace are in line with the company’s impressive expansion and will help enforce its ethos of providing a comprehensive portfolio of security services that protects the assets, personnel, and reputations of its clients, worldwide.