Graduates are being reminded to remain focused in their job search this year, after new figures show that graduate vacancies are set to rise.

According to, Stephen Isherwood, chief executive at the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), said that some members reported that even during the recession a number of graduate vacancies went unfilled. This was largely because there weren’t enough jobseekers applying with the right combination of skills and attributes they were looking for.

“Given the upturn in the economy, and the slight increase in graduate vacancies recorded last year, we would expect employer predictions to be fairly buoyant for the year ahead, so an expected rise of more than ten per cent is welcome news,” he commented. “Graduates need to think carefully about their applications and ensure they understand what a potential employer is looking for.”

Indeed figures from the AGR show that graduate vacancies will rise by 10.2 per cent this year. This is a huge improvement on 2013, as the number of jobs for graduates only rose by 4.3 per cent, reports

Moreover, 54.7 per cent of AGR members are now offering up job roles to those who have just left school. However, the report concludes that these vacancies aren’t taking away from university graduate employment, it just shows that employers are becoming more diverse with their employment offerings.