Increasing Number Of Employers Plan To Hire New College Grads in 2014

According to a  survey of 2,138 hiring managers and human resource professionals from different sized employers representing multiple industries, conducted by Harris Poll in February and early March for CareerBuilder, about 57% of employers say they plan to hire new college graduates this year, up from 53% last year and 44% in 2010.

61% of surveyed companies will be offering grads the same starting pay as they did last year; 56% expect to pay them an annual salary that’s less than $40,000.

Only 30% of companies expect their initial offers to graduates will be higher this year than last; 9% expect a decrease in starting pay.

Employers say they’ll offer these starting salaries:

• 26% say they’ll pay new graduates less than $30,000.

• 30%, $30,000 to less than $40,000

• 20%, $40,000 to less than $50,000

• 24%, 50,000 and higher.

39% of employers are seeking to hire business majors, followed by 28% looking to recruit computer and information sciences majors; 18%, engineering; 14%, math and statistics; 14%, health professions and related clinical services; 12%, communications technology; 11%, engineering technologies; 10%, liberal arts and sciences as well as general studies and humanities; 7% education; 7%, science technologies; 7%, communication and journalism.