Graduate jobs to rise in 2016, says report

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Employers are set to increase the number of graduates they employ in 2016, according to High Fliers.

Research agency High Fliers has found that graduate employers expect to increase their intake of graduates by 7.5% in 2016. The news comes on the heels of last year's vacancy increase of 3.3%.

The report released by the graduate career research agency, entitled 'The Graduate Market in 2016', also reveals that graduates in 2015 were not content to settle when it came to offers of employment. Graduates left 1,000 vacancies unfilled after rejecting jobs in favour of better offers, or declining previously accepted offers.

High Fliers Research's data was compiled from surveying the leading 100 graduate employers in the UK. According to the number of projected vacancies, the top three UK graduate employers in 2016 will be Teach First (1,870 vacancies), PwC (1,540 vacancies) and Deloitte (1,100 vacancies).

Martin Birchall, Managing Director of High Fliers Research, says the increase in vacancies is promising for the graduating class of 2016.

"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."

With the increase in vacancies, graduate employers may once again struggle to attract the best graduate talent.

"It's clear that our brightest graduates are becoming increasingly choosy about the employers they join," Marin says, "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."