David Lammy, the higher education minister, has
reacted to the results of the Association of Graduate Recruiters
(AGR)graduate recruitment survey by emphasising the wide range of
options available to recent university leavers.
The AGR's bi-annual report actually showed that there had been an
8.9 per cent reduction in the amount of available graduate
vacancies, but this figure was considered a positive one because it
was initially forecasted to be closer to 24.9 per cent.
University leavers' average expected starting salary froze at
£25,000 for the second year in a row - an AGR survey first - in
evidence that the recession has not had too much of a negative
impact on the sector.
Mr Lammy said: "Employment rates for graduates continue to be
higher than for those with lower qualifications. This research
shows that there are areas of growth in the jobs market.
"We currently have over 6,500 vacancies, including over 4,000 that
are paid, advertised on our Graduate Talent Pool website, a free
service matching talented graduates with businesses offering
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