At the start of every calendar year the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) conducts a survey of its members. These are typically large employers who have a history of recruiting substantial numbers of new graduates and other entry level positions.
The survey takes the ‘pulse’ of the graduate labour market in the middle of the recruitment cycle. Is the patient healthy? Are employers feeling optimistic, recruiting lots of students and seeing them accept all of their offers? Or is a malaise setting in with employers either reducing their recruitment numbers or finding posts hard to fill?