Q2 2015 figures:
First-class job prospects for graduates
77% more job vacancies in Q2 2015

  • Figures released for Q2 2015 reveal that today’s graduates have reason to feel positive about the jobs market as employment opportunities and starting salaries have grown significantly compared with last year. The number of job vacancies in Q2 2015 is up 77 per cent compared to the same time in 2014 and 7% on Q1 2015, whilst the average annual salary stands at £26,000, two per cent above the current rate of inflation.

  • Job demand

    According to the latest reed.co.uk Job Index, the industries boasting the highest annual employment growth for graduates are motoring and automotive (+112%) and construction and property (+78%). 25 of the 37 sectors analysed have experienced annual growth of 12% or more. The sectors advertising the most graduate opportunities include recruitment consultancy, sales, education, technology and marketing & PR.

  • Regions

    The South East of England is the region of the UK with the highest density of graduate vacancies. Graduates working there can look forward to taking home an average salary of £26,964. The West Midlands, East Midlands and North West have shown annual jobs growth of 58%, 45% and 25% respectively.

  • Salary

    Graduates looking to become qualified accountants or work in financial services have the highest earning power, with annual average starting salaries close to hitting £40,000. Graduate engineers (£31,344) and developers (£28,940) can also look forward to earning a higher than average salary in their first year post university. With hefty student loans to pay, this year’s graduates expect to earn £25,557 per annum compared to £23,857 last year.

  • National Job Index in the last 13 months

  • Q2 2015: Top 5 regions year-on-year

    • 1. West Midlands 48.48%
    • 2. South West England 30.31%
    • 3. East Midlands 30.20%
    • 4. North West England 29.97%
    • 5. Yorkshire and Humberside 29.69%
  • Q2 2015: Top 5 sectors year-on-year

    • 1. Education 68.36%
    • 2. Social Care 60.26%
    • 3. Accountancy (Qualified) 49.9%
    • 4. Construction & Property 49.8%
    • 5. Energy 44.6%