Study: Most Firms Plan to Hire Recent College Graduates This Year

Chicago — April 24

Graduation season is upon us, and this year graduates can expect to find improving job prospects.

A new study from CareerBuilder and finds that 57 percent of employers say they plan to hire new college graduates, up from 53 percent last year and up from 44 percent in 2010.

However, while most employers believe recent college graduates are ready for the real world, nearly one in four (24 percent) don’t feel academic institutions are adequately preparing students for positions needed within their organizations, the study showed.

The national survey was conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of CareerBuilder from Feb. 10 to March 4 and included 2,138 hiring managers and human resource professionals across industries and company sizes.

Moreover, while most (61 percent) employers will be offering new graduates the same starting salaries they did last year, nearly 30 percent say they expect their initial offers to increase. Nine percent of employers expect a decrease in starting salaries.

Source: CareerBuilder