HECSU partners Institute for Employment Studies to shed light on graduate recruitment practices


The Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU) has partnered with The Institute for Employment Studies (IES) to provide the government with evidence on the approach to graduate recruitment undertaken by employers. The study, commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, will provide insight to how graduate recruitment has evolved in recent years given the tough economy, skill shortages, vastly increased graduate numbers and the expansion of student diversity and higher education pathways.

It will research graduate destination patterns, employer recruitment and screening and selection processes, best practice and barriers to change. It will also look at how businesses interact with universities.

Jane Artess, director of research at HECSU said: “Attracting and recruiting graduates can be hugely demanding, complex and time intensive for many companies and therefore recruitment practices differ significantly. Given the substantial changes to the working and educational landscape in recent years it’s important to update our understanding on how and why employers recruit the way they do.”

Emma Pollard, senior research fellow at IES said: “This is a fascinating project to be involved in, that will help inform thinking on graduate recruitment practice. It will be interesting in particular to understand the effects that the increasing number of graduates and the use of different techniques and approaches have on the types and diversity of graduates recruited to different jobs and employers.”

Quantitative and qualitative research is expected to be completed by May 2014. It will involve careers services at higher education institutions as well as employers.

As published on prospects.ac.uk