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HE or not HE?

Type of Graduate Vacancies at Leading UK Employers in 2016Making the decision about whether to enter HE is not an easy one, especially these days. Will I get a job at the end of it? Will I be able to pay off my student loans? These are the key questions for most people trying to weigh up the pros and cons of degree level study.

While at Havering College we don’t have all the answers, we can offer you the following:

  • Degree level programmes which train you for a career
  • Degree level programmes which have been put together in conjunction with employers
  • High levels of post-graduation employment rates
  • Excellent support systems to ease you back into study
  • High levels of teacher contact time
  • Live locally, study locally and pay lower fees: borrow less and keep your mates and family close.

Will it be worth it? Many of our ex-students have found it to be very worthwhile. And while we can’t guarantee anything, we can give you a few facts to help you make up your mind.

Graduate Employment – the facts

The country’s top employers plan to expand their graduate recruitment by a further 7.5% in 2016, the fourth consecutive year that graduate vacancies have increased.

  • This significant rise in graduate vacancies for 2016 takes recruitment beyond the pre-recession peak in the graduate job market in 2007, to its highest-ever level.
  • Employers in nine out of thirteen key industries and employment areas are expecting to take on more new graduates than in 2015.
  • The biggest growth in vacancies is expected at public sector organisations, banking & finance employers, engineering & industrial companies and the Armed Forces which together intend to recruit over 1,300 extra graduates in 2016.
  • The largest individual recruiters of new graduates in 2016 will be Teach First (1,870 vacancies), PwC (1,540 vacancies) and Deloitte (1,100 vacancies).
  • Recruiters have confirmed that 32% of this year’s entry-level positions are expected to be filled by graduates who have already worked for their organisations, either through paid internships, industrial placements or vacation work.
What are the graduate job areas in demand?

Industries of Business Sectors with the highest Graduate Salaries in 2016The Graduate Market in 2016 also records the type of job functions that employers are hoping to recruit graduates into this year. The most frequent requirement is for IT and finance vacancies – over half of all employers offer roles in these areas, irrespective of their organisation’s main purpose (see Chart 2.9). More than a third of employers have vacancies in human resources, general management or marketing, at least a quarter are recruiting for engineering or sales positions and approximately a quarter are looking for graduates to work in research & development or consulting.

These latest results underline the obvious disparity between what organisations are perceived to do and their potential recruitment needs. For example, the number of vacancies at so-called ‘IT companies’ is relatively small and yet the volume of graduates needed to work in IT functions at a wide range of employers in other business sectors is very substantial.


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