In Autumn/Winter 2015, Career Design conducted its first employability research initiative to track the skills employers seek when recruiting graduates. As an independent employability consultancy we have no agenda – the sole purpose of the research is to provide universities with genuine insight in to what employers actually want.

We are thrilled that many of the UK’s leading employers chose to participate in this research. Blue chip companies, disruptive start-ups, not-for-profit organisations and the public sector are all represented. Career Design interviewed a wide range of decision makers – from Chief Executive Officers to HR Directors to Recruiters, who provided both strategic and tactical employer insights. The findings of this research enable universities to understand how requirements (and expectations) differ from employer to employer and provide a glimpse of what future employability trends may look like.

This survey includes the view of some of the UK’s leading graduate employers, representing a workforce of over 50,000 in the UK.

Interested in the findings?  The key insights are available in our free white paper – please email