UK employers are expected to increase graduate recruitment by just 2.7pc this year, the weakest outlook since the recession in 2009, according to a study by High Fliers Research.
Final recruitment levels for 2013 are likely to turn out worse than forecast, however, as employers have over-estimated job creation for each of the past three years. For 2012, companies had anticipated a 6.4pc rise in graduate recruitment, but instead cut new hires by 0.8pc.
The prospect of a second consecutive year of a shrinking graduate jobs market will only focus students’ financial fears, following the increase in annual tuition fees to £9,000 that came into force in September.
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