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Graduate recruitment up among major consultants

Major civil engineering consultants have boosted their graduate intake this year, according to research carried out by NCE.

Half of the top ten consultants listed in NCE’s Consultants File 2012 increased their graduate intake this year.

This is despite the background of a double dip recession and its impact on construction.

Mott MacDonald almost doubled its graduate intake in 2012, up from 88 last year to 165 this year. It selected candidates from more than 4,000 applications.

Of the 165, 88 are civil engineers and most are being placed in the firm’s buildings, transport and water and environment sectors.

Atkins also increased its graduate recruitment this year to over 250, up from 140 last year.

WSP has taken on 74 graduates this year, and expects to recruit several more by the end of the year, whittled down from over 2,000 applicants.

Despite its difficulties Mouchel has recruited 14 graduates this year paying them an average salary of £22,000.

The firm is planning its graduate recruitment campaign for 2013 and expects to recruit up to 20 engineers.

Arup recruited 139 graduates this year, with 50 studying civil engineering degrees.

Aecom employed 175 graduates this year across all business lines and cost consultant Turner & Townsend a further 54.

“The market place is getting stronger,” said Mott MacDonald Group human resources director John Malley.

He added that consulting engineers are becoming “increasingly mobile” and need to respond to where the work is.

  • Judging to find NCE’s 2012 Graduate of the Year starts

this week. This year the competition received a new record of 110 entries.

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