Article

Employer Demands from Business Graduates

Citation

McMurray S, Dutton M, McQuaid R & Richard A (2016) Employer Demands from Business Graduates. Education and Training, 15 (1), pp. 112-132. https://doi.org/10.1108/ET-02-2014-0017

Abstract
Purpose: This paper reports on research carried out with employers to determine demand for graduate business and management skills in the Scottish workforce. Design/methodology/approach: The research used an employer questionnaire distributed through various methods (either telephone or face-to-face interviews, self-completion and returned by e-mail, or completion of an online survey). 71 employers took part in the study. Findings: The research found that the factors which were most important to employers when recruiting graduates, with a business school first degree, were: personal attitude, employability skills, relevant work experience, and degree result. The most important transferable skills to employers when recruiting graduates were: trustworthiness, reliability, motivation, communication skills and a willingness to learn. Research limitations/implications: The article shows the importance of: graduates developing excellent job searching skills; high quality work experience; and developing business courses that enhance students’ employability and better reflect employers’ requirements but also reflect important wider educational values. Originality/value: The article is timely given the introduction by Higher Education Institutions of Key Information Sets. The provision of such information may drive HEIs to further develop students’ employability so as to support them in obtaining graduate level jobs.

Keywords
Graduates; management; business; employers; HEI Key Information Sets;

Journal
Education and Training: Volume 15, Issue 1

StatusPublished
Publication date31/01/2016
Publication date online11/01/2016
Date accepted by journal14/11/2012
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/25629
PublisherEmerald
ISSN0040-0912