The finance sector is expected to see a 25 per cent rise in vacancies for graduates this year, according to a survey by the Association of Graduate Recruiters.
The survey of 214 AGR members found that financial serv ices would see a 25 per cent inc-rease while investment banks and fund management groups in particular would see a 16 per cent rise.
In 2009, investment banks and fund managers topped the table for the highest paid graduate jobs, with a salary average of £38,250, above law firms, where graduates were paid on average £35,000. This compares with the overall average salary for graduates in 2009 of £25,000, remaining static from 2008. AGR members say £25,000 will be the average graduate salary this year.
The recruiters recommend that graduates looking to imp-rove employability through temporary work, unpaid work or skills training rather than emb-arking on post-graduate study unless they have serious academic aspirations.