Sandwich board gets Graduate job with top firm
An unemployed Leeds University graduate landed a job with Legal
& General after standing for nine hours in The City of London
with a placard around his neck, which read "Leeds graduate looking
for job in financial services".
Giles Metcalfe, a 23 year-old European Politics graduate, stood out from the crowd to land a job in a market where there are over 50 applicants fighting it out for every graduate position.
Recent data from Job Search Engine Adzuna.co.uk shows that there
are 21,748 graduate jobs currently available in the UK, but
hundreds of thousands of graduates fighting it out for these
positions. This means over 50 applicants per graduate position
across the board, rising to over 100 in sectors such as Finance,
Healthcare and Law.
Graduates seeking roles in Finance have to fight it out with 118 applicants for every role, making Giles' accomplishment even more impressive.
Giles Metcalfe, now an Investment
Communications Executive at Legal & General Investments in
"In a tough employment environment, and following various unsuccessful online job applications, I knew I had to do something to make myself stand out in a crowd. The stunt at Liverpool Street Station in June proved fruitful thanks to handing out over 80 copies of my CV and speaking to loads of people. I was invited to interview with a number of companies, and took the job at Legal & General Investments in July as their professionalism, brand and the role they offered fitted perfectly with my ambition."
London and the South of England are the most competitive areas
as many university leavers migrate to these regions in search of
attractive £29,000 p.a. average graduate salaries, compared with
£25,000 in Yorkshire.
Adzuna's data also shows a marked supply and demand imbalance in the IT sector, where there are more vacancies and fewer applicants.
Simon Ellis, MD Investments at Legal & General Investments commented: "Giles's stunt was how he came to our attention as one of our employees saw him and took a copy of his CV. We had a position that we believed he would be suitable for and were impressed by his initiative and somewhat unique way of making himself visible, so we felt we should invite him to an interview. Giles had to undergo the normal interview panel process and online testing which he was successful in, landing him employment within Legal & General Investments."
Where are the graduate jobs?
|Job Sector||No. of UK Graduate Vacancies|
|HR and Recruitment||1,373|
|Accounting and Finance||954|
|PR and Advertising||854|
|Healthcare and Nursing||728|
Regional distribution of Graduate jobs
|UK Region||No. of Graduate Jobs||Average Graduate Salary|
|South East England||2,733||£26,887|
|South West England||1,094||£26,252|
|North East England||379||£25,537|
|Yorkshire & Humberside||839||£25,082|
|North West England||1,212||£24,499|
Top 5 Degree Subjects By Pay
|Degree Type||Average Salary|
Bottom 5 Degree Subjects By Pay
|Degree Type||Average Salary|
|Hospitality and Tourism||£18,996|
|Art and Design||£19,209|
Notes to Editor
Adzuna.co.uk is a search engine for classified ads which makes it easier to find the right job for you. We search thousands of websites so you don't have to and bring together millions of ads so you can find them all in one place. We add powerful search, insightful market data and social connections, so you can find your perfect job with a little help from your friends. Adzuna.co.uk was founded in 2011 by Andrew Hunter and Doug Monro, formerly of eBay, Gumtree, Qype and Zoopla and is backed by leading Venture Capital firms Passion Capital, The Accelerator Group and Index Ventures.
Data tables above are based on live job vacancy count in the comprehensive Adzuna.co.uk jobs search index as of October 22nd 2012.
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