Covid put a lot of things on the backburner for businesses – one of these things was graduate recruitment.

If you want to recruit graduates this year but haven’t got round to it yet, it’s time to put the wheels in motion!

Trends in the market suggest that organisations need to kick off their graduate recruitment sooner rather than later to make sure they have access to the best graduate talent.

Here are the trends that show why graduate recruitment should move to the top of your to-do list…

1. Recruitment is on the rise

According to a KPMG survey, demand for workers rose at its fastest rate in May for more than 23 years! With many recruitment projects put on hold due to uncertainty around Covid and Brexit, businesses are going full steam ahead now.

 2. Graduates are quick off the mark to apply for jobs

The High Fliers report “The Graduate Market 2020” found that over half the UK’s leading employers had received more completed graduate job applications during the early part of the 2020 recruitment season than they had in 2019. Although 2021 has seen many graduate roles delayed, as point one suggests, businesses are kicking off their recruitment as we speak. To ensure you receive the best applications, you need to start recruiting now.

3. The war for top talent is likely to intensify

Research conducted by the ISE shows that 36% of businesses are hiring more graduates than they did last year. One in 10 will increase their graduate intake by 10% or more. Starting your recruitment sooner rather than later will help to make sure you’ve got access to quality candidates.

Find out how Discovery can help!

If you’re looking to recruit graduates and need some support, whether it’s because you don’t know where to start or you don’t have the resource required at the moment, take a look at how Discovery Graduates can help!