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Boost for construction graduates

Job prospects for construction graduates improved last year, research has revealed.

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit found 73 per cent of building and architecture graduates found employment within six months of leaving university last year - up from 68 per cent in 2009.

Meanwhile civil engineering graduate employment increased from 68 per cent to 69 per cent.

Electrical and electronic engineering graduate employment rose from 64 per cent to 70 per cent, while for mechanical engineering the proportion rose from 66 per cent to 70 per cent.

HECSU deputy research director Charlie Ball said: “The employment market for engineers and architects was hit particularly hard by the recession, but the data shows there are signs of a welcome recovery in their job prospects.

“Despite some difficult recent times, students looking to start engineering and building-related degrees can expect to be in demand once the economy strengthens, as they were before the recession.”

Building and engineering graduates can expect to earn above the average graduate annual salary of £19,794.

Graduates who studied civil engineering earned an average of £22,819 in their first job, mechanical engineering £23,993 and electrical and electronic engineering£21,852. Architecture and building graduates earned on average £20,527.

There are however, notable regional variations, with electrical and electronic engineers earning an average of £18,800 in Humber and £24,500 in Scotland.

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