Retaining graduates is becoming increasingly difficult with employers typically losing 16% of their intake in the first two years, which is an increase on the 9% reported last year.

The Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) Development Survey 20171 showed that 20% of graduates leave by the first year after completing a graduate development programme, increasing to 46% after five years of employment.  

Graduate employers typically run two-year development programmes and when comparing figures from the AGR Development Survey 2016, 17% of graduates had left by the first year after a development programme had ended, increasing to 39% after five years.

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