FDM Opens Up Thriving IT Job Market to Graduates in Manchester

As part of its ongoing international expansion, FDM Group is recruiting 100 new graduates within its Manchester branch. The UK's largest IT graduate employer explains why Manchester is an ideal city to train and work within.
  • (1888PressRelease) May 24, 2011 - As the IT job market continues to boom FDM Group calls for 100 new candidates to join its graduate training programme in Manchester.

    According to student and graduate recruitment research company High Fliers' investigations into graduate opportunities in 2011, the most common graduate vacancies will be for IT and Finance roles.

    But why is the UK's largest IT graduate recruiter calling for more graduates to train and often work in and around Manchester?

    Sheila Flavell, Chief Operating Officer at FDM said, "We are proud to be offering a further 100 placements within our Manchester branch. The city is a fantastic place to live within and one that is always popular with trainees and FDM employees alike."

    Although FDM's fast-track 12-16 week training programme is funded by the company itself, graduate trainees are also required to finance their own lifestyle throughout this time.

    According to rightrent.co.uk the average cost for renting a one bedroom flat in London was 1,450 in April 2011. When compared to the Manchester average of 600, the financial strain of training in London is clear.

    Once industry centred training, which is often required to break into the industry, is complete FDM also aims to place graduates within one or more of its 200 blue chip clients and receive a competitive salary.

    Clearly this pay package will stretch much further in the vibrant university town of Manchester, which is home to over 35,000 students, although international placements are also available.

    Graduates may also be under the impression that a career in London will lead to more interesting roles within prestigious companies. However, FDM has placed hundreds of graduate trainees in the North West within companies such as HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds Pharmacy and Unilever to name a few to name a few.

    And after FDM's initial two-year programme graduates can continue to benefit from the employment prospects that Manchester has to offer. According to itjobswatch.co.uk the average salary for a permanent IT role in Manchester for the first three months of 2011 was 45,250, compared with a 32,500 UK average (excluding London).

    So with reduced living costs, a vibrant student community, competitive salaries and prestigious employers available, graduates looking to break into the IT sector could certainly benefit from a place within FDM's Manchester Academy.

    FDM trainee and Manchester University graduate Vahid Shahadi said, "FDM Manchester is a fantastic environment for learning and finding an excellent and rewarding job opportunity and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in IT."

    To apply please visit the website at www.fdmacademy.com

    For further information and high res images please contact Sheira Gorris at sheira.gorris ( @ ) fdmgroup dot com or telephone 01273 811531

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