As reported on the Independent website, according to research conducted by the Association of Graduate Recruiters, 40 per cent employers are planning to raise graduate recruitment this year. This could spark a rise in graduate science and engineering jobs.
The survey found that 60 per cent of the 100 companies surveyed said they are still open for applications, while 55 per cent said they had more confidence in the economy compared to three months ago. In addition, the careers website Graduate Prospects, have reported a 50 per cent increase in advertising from recruiters in January to April 2010, compared to the same period in 2009.
Chief Executive of Graduate Prospects, Mark Hill, stated, “Companies are taking on more graduates as the economy is rebounding. Graduates are not as well off as they were before the recession, but they are in a substantially better position. We hope and expect this trend to continue into 2011.”
Indeed the research and engineering company, Dyson, plans to double the number of engineers it employs, creating up to 350 opportunities for engineering graduates. The company head, James Dyson has highlighted the small number of female engineers in the UK and is said to be encouraging females to take on these new engineering graduate jobs. He stated, “We know that 4 per cent of teenage girls want to be engineers, 14 per cent want to be scientists, and 32 per cent want to be models. We need to change that attitude by improving the cultural recognition of science and engineering.”
His thoughts are further consolidated by Engineering UK, who have found that the UK has the lowest rate of female engineers in Europe. In fact, only 9 percent of engineering professionals are women, compared to 18 per cent in Spain, 26 per cent in Sweden and 20 per cent in Italy.
According to new research compiled by Engineering UK, the independent body that helps to promote engineers’ contribution to the UK, Britain has the lowest rate of female engineers in Europe. Only 9 per cent of our engineering professionals are women, compared to 18 per cent in Spain, 26 per cent in Sweden and 20 per cent in Italy.
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