With the number of available graduate jobs expected to reach a ten-year high, things are looking up for graduates. But bosses of Britain's top 100 employers are urging students to get some work experience before applying for roles.
It is estimated that a third of this year's (2015) entry-level positions will be taken by those who have already completed internships or placements for the company to whom they are applying.
Recruitment increased by 7.9 per cent in 2014 and vacancies are likely to increase by a further 8.1 per cent this year, with a typical starting salary of £30,000.
But it would seem before a salaried role can be considered, graduates are expected to work for little or nothing at all, in the name of experience. Whether today's emerging students will be prepared to do this remains to be seen.