Nearly All Graduate Recruiters Turning To Online Recruitment

Nearly all companies that are taking on graduate recruits this year are actively turning to online recruitment options, such as social media, job boards and company websites, to find the best possible candidate in an increasingly competitive selection pool. 

Research carried out by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) found that some 96 per cent of the companies they surveyed were going online as their primary means of recruitment. The research also highlighted why companies were needing to use the most efficient recruitment methods available, with the number of jobs available falling by 1.2 per cent, but more students than ever looking for work. 

Gaenor Bagley, the head of personnel at Britain’s largest private sector recruiter, PricewaterhouseCoopers, said that they had already received record levels of interest in the 1,200 roles it will be offering this year. 

“Applications are 33 per cent ahead of this time last year and about half of all our full-time graduate roles for 2012 were secured before Christmas,” she told The Guardian newspaper. “We opened recruitment earlier this year, responding to students’ interest and demand.”

Fellow financial services firm, Ernst & Young, has also experienced a surge in online applications and expressions of interest. The company’s head of graduate recruitment, Stephen Isherwood said, “We saw a 21 per cent increase in applications for our graduate programme, and a staggering 43 per cent for our undergraduate work experience programmes towards the end of last year.” 

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