Deloitte reports 34 percent rise in graduate job applications

by Editor 12/1/2008 4:12:00 PM

Consulting firm Deloitte has reported a 34 percent surge in graduate job applications at its Scotland offices, led by a 59 percent hike at its Edinburgh office.

Deloitte will accept the same number of graduates - about a thousand - in the UK as it did in previous years. The consultancy says that the number of job applications in Scotland has been on a steady rise for the past several years, but that now even more graduates applied early for 2009 because they are concerned about paying off their student debts and finding available positions.

Graduate job applications rose 40 percent across the UK. Deloitte's talent partner Jim Boyle says: "I've found that some graduates who might ordinarily take a post-university gap year have been applying to Deloitte during their final year rather than wait until they return. The number of applications to the three Scottish offices for 2009 is very healthy and testament to the quality and range of jobs available at Deloitte."

"The current economic climate has not affected our graduate recruitment plans," says Sarah Shillingford, graduate recruitment partner at Deloitte. "At this stage, we are anticipating around 1,000 graduate vacancies, broadly the same number of graduates as previous years. A number of graduate recruiters have cut back on recruitment figures and, as a result, more students are competing for pur positions than ever before." 

"Students graduating in 2009 face a tougher job market than those who graduated in previous years," Shillingham added. "The value attributed to job security by students is higher than I have seen before, both in terms of the employers they are attracted to and the timing of their applications." 

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