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Graduate recruitment target numbers look set to increase

Graduate jobseekers have received a piece of good news this morning as almost a third of employers are planning to increase their target number of graduate recruits, according to the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR).

The AGR's snapshot survey found just under half of the employers they surveyed were more confident about the UK economy than they were three months ago and only 6% were less confident.

Just over 61% of graduate employers plan to spend the same amount of time next year at university campuses to attract graduates and 76% expect their recruitment targets to stay the same or increase in 2010.

Carl Gilleard, chief executive of the AGR, said: "The results of the latest snapshot poll are not only encouraging for graduates but might also suggest that British business is seeing light at the end of this economic downturn.

"The fact that most employers expect to have an active presence on campuses this year and are maintaining or raising their graduate recruitment targets shows an understanding of how important investment in attracting new talent is to the future of their businesses, even during tougher times economic times."