Press Releases

04.02.14

Graduate vacancies predicted to rise by 10.2% this year

Actual increase in vacancies for 2013 was 4.3% and employers’ optimism looks set to further improve in 2014 as economic recovery begins to take hold Sectors predicting growth include IT/Telecoms, Public Sector, Energy and Banking/Financia...

10.07.13

Association of Graduate Recruiters announces 2013 award winners

National Grid wins both the Graduate Development Award and the Blue Ribbon Award for best overall entry in the awards (agency: Interaction learning & development) Allen & Overy scoops the&n...

10.07.13

AGR Summer Survey: Graduate job market remains tough, but shows pockets of regional and sector growth

Small predicted decrease, 4%, in available graduate vacancies overall; while engineering, energy and telecommunications sectors expect sizeable increases Growth in graduate places available outside of London, with further good...

24.05.13

AGR and AGCAS publish series of recommendations aimed at levelling the playing field in graduate recruitment

Recommendations come as a result of projects exploring issues including social mobility, the HEAR and graduate transition to the jobs market The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) and the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Service...

08.03.13

Association of Graduate Recruiters announces next Chief Executive

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) announces today (8 March 2013) that Stephen Isherwood will succeed Carl Gilleard as Chief Executive.  Stephen, who is currently Head of Graduate Recruitment at Ernst & Young (UK & Irelan...

24.01.13

AGR Winter Survey 2013 Infographic

The following infographic illustrates the key findings from the AGR Winter Survey 2013. The survey is based on the responses of 197 AGR members in the UK across over 20 sectors, which recruited 19,350 graduates in 2012. The full surve...

24.01.13

Graduate vacancies forecast to increase in 2013 following last year’s dip

AGR survey also shows starting salaries predicted to rise Employers estimate 9% increase in graduate vacancies Average graduate starting salary predicted to rise to £26,500 Apprenticeship and school leaver programmes complementing...

10.01.13

Association of Graduate Recruiters responds to latest HESA statistics

Carl Gilleard, Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), responds to the latest Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) showing an increase in the number of students gaining First and Upper Second Class degree classifica...

18.10.12

AGR to raise awareness of Higher Education Achievement Report among employers

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) has announced today (18 October 2012) that it has received funding from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to carry out two projects, focussing on degree classification and soc...

03.10.12

AGR advice to school leavers considering Clearing

On the eve of A-level results day, Carl Gilleard, Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, said: “A-level results day is highly anticipated by students and their families both as the culmination of two years’ work and as a gat...

03.10.12

Association of Graduate Recruiters responds to report recommending HEAR

“During the past decade we have seen the average number of applications per graduate vacancy rise by 150%, which has led to the 200 year old degree classification system become used more and more frequently by employers as an automatic cut-off poi...

13.09.12

Association of Graduate Recruiters’ Chief Executive to step down

The AGR is the recognised national voice for all employers involved in graduate recruitment, with 750 members from both the public and private sectors that, between them, offer a high proportion of graduate opportunities in the country. Over the p...

11.09.12

Top employers to help deliver careers info in schools

A new partnership between the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) and leading careers organisation Push has been announced today (Tuesday 11 September) to help both students and employers by delivering careers education in schools. The par...

11.07.12

AGR announces 2012 award winners

The winners of the 2012 Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) Awards were announced yesterday (Monday 9 July) at the association’s annual conference at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, South Wales. The Awards aim to champion best practice...

04.07.12

Graduate starting salaries continue to rise beyond predicted levels

In the winter edition of its bi-annual survey (published Thursday 26 January), AGR members had predicted a 4% increase in graduate salary, to £26,000. New data in the summer edition reveals an even more positive picture, as recruiters exceeded the...

06.03.12

Association of Graduate Recruiters responds to ONS Graduates in the labour market – 2012

Carl Gilleard, Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, said: “The ONS Graduates in the labour market – 2012 shows an increase in the amount of graduates taking on ‘lower skills’ jobs, from 27% in 20...

22.02.12

Association of Graduate Recruiters responds to ONS Characteristics of Young Unemployed People survey

Carl Gilleard, Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, said: “The statistics from the ONS’s Characteristics of Young Unemployed People survey clearly show that a degree remains a worthwhile investment, as the u...

17.08.11

AGR offers advice to school leavers

On the eve of A-level results day, Carl Gilleard, Chief Executive of the Association of Graduate Recruiters, said: “The pressure on this year’s students is intense, fuelled by the hike in demand for places with the imminent rise...