Graduate starting salaries are set to rise by 4% in 2013, according to research by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR).
The predicted rise – from £26,000 to £26,500 – will follow a period of stagnation in pay when salaries remained at £25,000 from 2009 to 2011.
“The predicted increase to graduate salaries is significant and sizeable,” said AGR chief executive Carl Gilleard.
He added that the findings should be seen as “good news against an uncertain national, European and global economy”.
Also good news is AGR’s prediction that graduate vacancies are expected to rise by 9% this year.
The survey found that the number of vacancies per employer will rise, from an average of 98 to 109 vacancies per organisation.
London has eight universities in the top 10 UK universities with the best graduate salaries, including all of the top five places.
Studying in a global city like London means close links to employers and a large pool of jobs to choose from when you graduate.
The London School of Economics and Political Science tops the list of universities with the best graduate salaries with an impressive starting salary of £28,968.
Also in the top 10 is Imperial College London (£28,831), St George’s, University of London (£28,015), University College London (£25,020), Royal Veterinary College (24,926), King’s College London (£24,798), Queen Mary, University of London (£23,961) and City University London (£23,674).
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