Graduate Careers Australia, the leading authority on graduate employment issues, has released its annual outlook report.
This year it surveyed 241 employers and found that 41% of these had trouble finding graduates, the highest percentage since 2011.
There are shortages of three types of graduates:
Of those employers finding it hard to get enough graduates, 53.5% indicated that they had trouble sourcing computer science graduates in 2014.
Accountants (27.9%) and electronic/computer engineers (14%) were also relatively difficult to find.
Generally, employers are taking on more graduates. The proportion of employers not recruiting has decreased to 13% from 19.3%. And those hiring more than 20 graduates increased to 31.5% from 23%.
When asked about total recruitment numbers in 2014, employers indicated they got on average 200 applications, with 100 going through to the recruitment process and nine graduates hired per vacancy. That’s a 4.5% conversion rate.
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