Job vacancies for engineering graduates are expected to leap by almost 45% this summer according to a survey by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) published this week.
The latest statistics published in the bi-annual AGR report show construction and consultancy employers are predicting a 44.7% increase in vacancies. Starting salaries have also risen by 2.2%.
The figures are an improvement on the AGR winter survey that predicted a 32% increase in graduate intake (NCE 11 February).
The rising trend is good news for graduates who - according to the AGR’s 2009 report - witnessed a 41% cut in vacancies this time a year ago.
The report uses figures from 215 private employers. Construction companies surveyed include Balfour Beatty, Mott MacDonald, Atkins, Amey, Bam Nuttall, Skanska, Network Rail and Bechtel.
Industry professionals are optimistic that the situation will continue to improve.
Atkins human resources director Chris Marsh said the company had taken on 25 graduates this year and hoped to increase numbers further.
“In the long term the future is bright. Private sector vacancies did seem to plateau but the situation seems to be picking up,” he said.
But universities fear that graduates are experiencing the same difficulties as last year.
Admissions offices at Leeds University, Edinburgh Heriot-Watt University and Imperial College London have reported lower vacancies for engineering graduates.