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Graduate recruitment offers

We’ve seen a marked increase in the number of Graduate job offers being declined this year, across all industry sectors. The AGR also recently reported that non-acceptance of offers stands at around 15%, with many employers now making more offers than they have vacancies, to mitigate the risk (and cost) of having to start the recruitment process all over again.

More Selective

We know there are a number of factors contributing to non-acceptance, as Graduates become more selective in their career choices, with the following areas all featuring:

  • Development and training on offer
  • Long term career pathways and opportunities
  • Exposure to different experiences / business areas / locations
  • Salary (perhaps due to the need to secure a role that will repay some of the pretty huge debts students are now leaving University with)
  • Total package on offer – including pension contributions and healthcare cover

What’s in it for me

In the past there was a tendency to accept the first Graduate job offer made, but not anymore, we’re seeing a real sway towards a ‘what’s in it for me’ attitude. And with this generation being highly connected and networked, they are comparing organisations against each other much more easily than ever before, making it vital that companies communicate a really clearly defined offering from the outset.

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