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New survey finds job prospects for MBAs picking up around the globe

QS Quacquarelli Symonds Ltd, London
After a long period of gloom in the employment marketplace for MBAs, prospects seem to be brightening, according to the latest annual survey by TopMBA.com which analysed data from over 300 companies in 20 countries around the world.
The TopMBA.com Index of MBA Recruiting shows a 15% increase in 2004 compared to 2003. Although there has been a delay between economic recovery and a translation into improved job prospects for MBAs, this is now happening in 2004. The service sector in particular ? fuelled by consulting and financial services ? has led the rebound in increased MBA hiring. Some recruiters in the area are now predicting that MBA demand will return to pre-recession levels by 2006. The technology sector is lagging behind, but pent-up demand is leading recruiters to predict a 70% uplift in MBA hiring in 2005/2006.Globally, average salaries for graduating MBAs have increased 27% in the past eight years. In 2004, companies are reporting MBA salaries will rise by over 9% compared to 2003 ? matching the levels of 2001 at an average of over $82,000. This increase reflects a high level of optimism amongst MBA recruiters and increased competition for top talent. The only potential cloud on the horizon is the impact of any further shocks to the global economic system from rising oil prices and/or global terrorism.

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Bonuses for 2004 have also increased substantially compared to 2003. The average bonus is a sizeable $19,183, with recruiters generally favouring bonuses tied to performance. Financial services firms are reporting a massive average bonus of $42,000, while some investment banks are reporting bonuses of up to $70-100,000 for first year MBAs. Employers in other sectors expect to find it hard to compete with these figures, but point out that banking bonuses are much more volatile than those in other industries.The results of the survey tie in with the positive experience of careers services officers at the world?s leading business schools. Graham Hastie of London Business School states that, ?The MBA job market has transformed from last year to this. In April 2003, only 30% of our students had a full-time job offer. In April 2004, over 50% have offers. We expect most students to have offers at graduation. The prospects are outstanding for next year?s class.? While Simon Tankard of Saïd Business School at Oxford describes the MBA job market as, ??possibly the start of a golden era in Europe.? At Spain?s IE-Instituto de Empresa, associate director of the career management department, Boris Nowalski, says, ?We?re positive about all sectors for 2004. Investment banking and consulting are noticeably picking up.? And according to Abby Scott of the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, ?Students are finding jobs in industries all across the board.??The escalation in the number of people taking first degrees has led employers to look for MBAs and other post-graduate qualifications as a way of differentiating candidates,? says Nunzio Quacquarelli, the co-author of the report. ?This, in turn, is generating a continuing rise in demand for places on such courses, as indicated by the growth of business school information fairs such as the World MBA Tour, which will visit over 50 cities in 30 countries this year.?For more information on the results or to order a full copy of the 2004 report, visit the website at www.topmba.com.
Dieser Artikel ist erschienen am 01.10.2004