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Boost for graduate vacancies expected in 2014

The number of graduate vacancies is set to rise by 10.2 per cent rise this year, employers have predicted.

The bi-annual survey published by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) suggests a total of 23,000 graduate vacancies will become available in 2014.

The survey shows numbers of vacancies rose by 4.3 per cent in 2013, and the number of vacancies is set to rise even more sharply in 2014.

AGR has predicted a 40 per cent rise in jobs in IT and Telecoms, a 20 per cent rise in the public sector, an 18 per cent rise in energy and a 16 per cent rise in banking and financial services.

The Association believes graduate employers are becoming more optimistic about jobs as the economic recovery begins to take hold.

The survey is based on an online poll of 202 UK employers across 19 sectors.

Stephen Isherwood, Chief Executive of the AGR, said: “Given the upturn in the economy, and the slight increase in graduate vacancies recorded last year, we’d expect employer predictions to be fairly buoyant for the year ahead; so an expected rise of over 10 per cent is welcome news.”