Graduates seek 24k in first job

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The figures are part of a survey of 5,700 final-year students from 43 UK universities by the recruitment consultancy Universum.

Interestingly, there is a marked difference in the salary expectations of men and women.

Some 18% of men seeking an investment banking career expect to earn 30,000 to 36,000 in their first job, compared to just 11% of women.

Just over 20% of men who want to go into investment banking expect to be on more than 60,000 three years after graduating, while just 9% of women have such high expectations.

The survey also found that the big five accountancy groups are still seen as more desirable employers than most investment banks. Goldman Sachs is the only one to make it into the top 20 employers named in the survey.

The most popular employer this year is the Foreign Office, followed by Virgin and Accenture.

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