U.S. – More employers plan to hire college graduates this year than they did last year, according to a new CareerBuilder survey.
A whopping 74 percent of employers say they plan to hire recent college graduates this year, up from 67 percent last year and the highest outlook since 2007.
Thirty-nine percent of employers hiring recent college graduates also said they will pay a starting salary of $50,000 or more, compared with 27 percent last year.
Even so, some employers are concerned new college grads aren't ready for the workforce, with 17 percent saying academic institutions are not adequately preparing students for roles needed within their organizations, a decrease from 24 percent last year.
Employers said technology is changing too quickly for an academic environment to keep up and entry-level roles are more complex today.
When asked to name which skills employers think recent college graduates lack for the workplace, most of these employers cited interpersonal or people skills (50 percent) or problem-solving skills (45 percent).
Other skills these employers say are lacking are as follows:
• Teamwork: 39%
• Oral communication: 39%
• Leadership: 38%
• Written communication: 35%
• Creative thinking: 34%
• Project management: 26%
• Research and analysis: 17%
• Computer and technical: 17%
• Math: 14%