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Graduate recruitment rarely stands still but the pace of change and the increase in innovation in this area in 2016 has been extraordinary. Significant shifts in employer strategies have arguably driven many of these changes – reduced campus recruitment budgets, gamified assessment and the blurring of lines between graduate, industrial placement and apprenticeships have all placed a notable part. However, whilst gender diversity has long been high on employer’s priorities (particularly large corporate organisations facing increased pressure to disclose their diversity data), 2016 has seen social mobility and social diversity form part of graduate recruiters hiring agenda.

Baroness Corston’s report on social mobility in early careers flagged more weaknesses than strengths but one innovation was highlighted as having the potential to make a genuine difference – Contextual Recruitment Software. This exciting development, whilst far from flawless, opens up new avenues of opportunity for students from less privileged backgrounds.

Our new impartial white paper introducing the pros and cons of Contextual Recruitment Software is available to all academic institutions.  To receive a copy, please email