Unemployment falls - but are things really improving for jobseeking graduates?ARE THERE MORE PAID GRADUATE JOBS AROUND NOW? DO YOU FEEL MORE CONFIDENT ABOUT YOUR CAREER?

Politicians have been patting themselves on the back this week as new stats showed overall unemployment is falling in the UK. But are things really improving yet for job-hunting graduates?

The numbers – from the Office of National Statistics – showed that the number of people out of work fell by 167,000 to 2.32 million in the three months to November 2013. The ONS also said the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell by 24,000 to 1.25 million in December.

While this is certainly good news, Graduate Fog is concerned that the effects of the supposed recovery may take some time to impact jobseeking graduates. As your response to our recent stories show, many of you are still struggling to get your career started. You can find ‘stop-gap’ shop or bar shifts, unpaid internships, zero hours contracts and odd bits of freelance work – but finding proper, permanent, paid positions is still proving very challenging.

If you are hunting for a graduate job, how would you describe the climate of today’s job market? Do you feel confident that employers have started offering higher-quality graduate positions in recent months? Or do they still seem reluctant to invest in their young staff?


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