the areas experiencing heightened hiring activity.
Advertisements for graduate vacancies in finance and other areas are increasing, according to Graduate Prospects, which stated that despite signs of recovery, it will remain competitive due to increased competition for jobs.
Chief executive Mike Hill explained that "finance is extremely buoyant, retail is pretty damn good, consultancy is good and engineering looks encouraging", although construction "is not doing so well".
Recruiters may be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding suitable candidates because "a backlog of people who didn't find jobs and maybe went into post-graduate education" will also be hunting for places.
According to findings of the CBI/Harvey Nash employment trends survey, only six per cent of employers plan to freeze graduate recruitment this year compared with 38 per cent last year.…
and what they do "get" is 20 years old. Frankly, when I talk to HR grads about recruiting, I'm scared for the future of the function. To spell it out - that HR has to do everything, like recruiting, because the business would discriminate like the cavemen/cavewomen they are.
Another thing I hear, is a focus on being a gatekeeper (keeping people out). Not exactly forward thinking for today's talent wars.
"Recruitment" in most corporations, affiliated with HR is run like a mini cost-centre, and if there's any qualitative hope for the function, outside of measuring knuckle-bleeding "cost savings", I would align myself with Finance, over HR, any day of the week. Recruiting is a critical contributor to the bottom line, and I'm not sure giving HR another 30 years to figure it out, is such a great idea.
Some will kill me for saying Finance, but let's think about it a little... Why report into Darth Vader (HR) when you can report directly to the Emperor (Finance)?
Maybe all of "Personnel" should report into Finance... LOL…