EDUCATION Good prospects for new graduates

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This year's crop of university graduates have better prospects of landing a job than those in any year since 1990, according to an annual report by Income Data Services. It forecasts that the demand for graduates will continue to increase at a rate not seen for a decade and that median salaries for graduate recruits will rise from pounds 15,000 to pounds 15,442.

However, it cautions: "A return to 1980s levels of demand is not all good news, as the survey also registered the first signs of a return to the types of labour market shortages that characterised the previous decade."

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