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Here are 2016’s Most Sought after Graduates

Impending Skills Gap Increases Demand for Graduates

As recruiters continue to fight over the country’s top talent, CV-Library has revealed which graduates are most in-demand so far this year.

The job board analysed the number of graduate jobs posted on its site during the month of January and discovered exactly which sectors are relying on newly qualified graduates to fill their positions. Here is a list of the top 10 sectors with the most graduate jobs:

  1. Engineering (1,204 jobs)
  2. Education (1,139 jobs)
  3. IT (893 jobs)
  4. Construction (817 jobs)
  5. Personnel/Recruitment (708 jobs)
  6. Manufacturing (540 jobs)
  7. Medical (534 jobs)
  8. Marketing (533 jobs)
  9. Accounting/Financial (508 jobs)
  10. Admin (500 jobs)

Unsurprisingly, engineering and education graduates are most in demand, with employers desperately seeking new talent in an attempt to close impending skills gaps. Just last week, EngineeringUK announced a lack of engineers in the sector as experienced engineers retire and universities struggle to maintain the uptake required to replace them. Meanwhile, the education sector has repeatedly reported issues in keeping newly qualified teachers in the industry, putting their demise down to the increasing levels of admin and red tape.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments:

“I’m not surprised by the results. Graduate jobs grew by 23.8% this January compared to January 2015. Our data directly correlates with ongoing reports of skills shortages across many of the UK’s key industries and this is a big concern. Businesses can’t face this problem alone; it’s a much broader issue which requires further government intervention. More needs to be done in early education to entice our future generations into sectors such as engineering, otherwise the threat of skills shortages in years to come will quickly become a reality.”

In addition, the job site also reviewed its January data to ascertain which degrees were most sought after within graduate positions:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Core Sciences (chemistry, biology and physics)
  • Mathematics
  • English (literature and language)
  • Physical Education
  • Computing
  • Computing Science
  • Construction (across a broad range of disciplines)

Furthermore, a growing number of graduate roles simply require graduates with a ‘2:1 degree’, without specifying a subject, suggesting more employers are taking skills shortages into their own hands and training new recruits on the job.

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