Poll finds early optimism among employers on 2013 hiring of business grads

December 11, 2012

The job market for Class of 2013 business graduates, particularly those with graduate-level degrees, may be looking up, according to a Graduate Management Admission Council survey of 201 employers. 76% of respondents in the 2012 Year-End Poll of Employers expect to hire new MBA graduates in 2013. Just 69% of them hired Class of 2012 graduates. Of the employers planning to hire MBAs in 2013, 56% plan to offer starting base salaries that keep pace with inflation (43%) or exceed it (13%). The poll found that hiring projections for experienced direct-from-industry hires and new bachelor's recipients remained relatively stable. It also found that demand for new graduates with graduate degrees in other business fields such as accounting and finance is smaller but growing. GMAC News Release | 2012 Year-End Poll of Employers