Gradsouthwest Recruiter Update March 2019

Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2019 by Gradsouthwest TeamNo comments

In this March 2019 issue:

Spring into action ~ Starting salaries, cost of living and disposable income~Spring Careers Fairs~Funding & Support for Graduate Recruitment ~Training, Funding Opportunities & Events ~

Spring into action

Spring into action

It's mid-March and the spring graduate recruitment season is kicking off - so if you are looking to recruit the class of 2019 who finish their studies and final exams in May/June then now is a great time to be advertising.

Get your advert out before term ends (this varies from late March into April for different Unis), and keep it open during the Easter holidays.That way you are most likely to get your advert seen, and the students have the time to revise and apply for jobs during their break.

>>> Post a Job

Understanding Starting Salaries

Starting salaries, cost of living and disposable income

Recent research has shown that average starting salaries in the most important UK cities for graduate employment are now averaging £20,000 – £23,000. Included in this salary band are the cities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Plymouth, Reading, Swindon, Southampton and Oxford in our patch. London pips them all to lead the pack at an average of nearly £25,000.

But what does this mean for cost of living, disposable income and graduate recruitment?

>>> Find out more

Spring Careers Fairs

We've been out and about attending early Spring Careers Fairs, but have a few more to go.

If you would like us to promote your vacancies at one of the Careers Fairs,drop us a line, we'll hand out your material and talk about your jobs with students for just for £50 ex VAT.

We'll be at the following events:

  • University of Plymouth 26 March
  • Bournemouth University 27 March
  • University of Exeter 9 May
Find out more

Funding & Support for Graduate Recruitment

Graduates offer many benefits to companies. A number of schemes offer incentives to take on a graduate to work on a specific project. Set up to overcome the barriers to taking on a graduate, most schemes are targeted at SMEs and a number are currently available in the south west.

>>> Find out more

Training, Funding Opportunities and Events

Our monthly round up of useful stuff......


Global eCommerce Live

Wednesday, 20 March 2019 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Bristol Harbour Hotel

This major FREE event is designed for those businesses who are seeking to take their online sales to the next level. Hear from the likes of Amazon, SimplyVAT, Plentymarkets, Rockit, Hawkins & Brimble and more, who will talk about how to successfully use leading eMarketplaces to boost revenues and profits.




If you want to develop an innovative product, process or service, you may be able to get funding of between £25,000 and £10 million.

Innovate UK runs grant funding competitions that can help you develop your idea and make it successful. They are open to innovation projects led by a UK-based business or research and technology organisation, with funding awarded to the winners.



Venturefest South West

17th June 2019, Sandy Park, Exeter

This one-day flagship event will see the South West’s tech industries come together to network, hear insights and predictions from industry leaders, discover cutting-edge technology, meet entrepreneurs, investors and academics and make valuable business connections.


Venturefest South

29th March 2019, Southampton

Venturefest South supports the region’s innovators, entrepreneurs and investors. This culminates each year in a one-day interactive conference that provides all those who are part of the innovation economy the chance to get together, share ideas and technology, and nurture future ground-breaking innovations in the region. Venturefest South is one of the region’s biggest networking events for entrepreneurs.


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