Employers’ 2014 Hiring Plans Hold Steady

72 Percent Plan to Hire MBAs

RESTON, Virginia, December 15, 2013 — The job market will very likely hold up for class of 2014 business school graduates, as more than three-quarters of employers that plan to hire business school graduates expect to maintain or increase their hiring from this year, according to the Year-End Poll of Employers conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council.

“Actual hiring for 2013 and projected hiring for 2014 are much improved from a few years ago, despite persistent uncertainty in the global economy,” said Rebecca Estrada, GMAC survey manager. “In addition, between 45 percent and 58 percent of employers plan to increase annual base salaries at or above the rate of inflation, another indicator that demand for talent remains strong.”

The poll of 211 employers in 33 countries serves as an early gauge of next year’s job market and includes one-fifth of the Fortune 100 and 41 Fortune 500 companies. It projects some optimism for direct-from-industry hires and master in management graduates, as the percentages of employers who expect to hire in these categories is five percentage points higher than the percentage that actually hired them last year (87 percent vs. 82 percent in 2013 for direct-industry hires and 42 percent vs. 37 percent in 2013 for master in management graduates).

But in most categories, the percentages of employers planning to hire new graduates in most categories are very similar to the percentages of those who hired these graduates in 2013:

  • 72 percent expect to hire MBAs, compared with 71 percent that hired them this year.
  • 81 percent expect to hire bachelor’s degree holders, compared with 82 percent that hired them this year.
  • 36 percent expect to hire master of accounting graduates, compared with 35 percent that hired them this year.
  • 35 percent expect to hire master of finance graduates, compared with 36 percent that hired them this year.

The poll also found the vast majority of employers agree that business school graduates need to have exceptional interpersonal skills (97 percent) and the ability to use data to drive decisions (98 percent).

The annual year-end poll of employers provides an early look at hiring plans. GMAC’s more in-depth Corporate Recruiters Survey is conducted in February and March and released in May. For a complete copy of the poll report, go to gmac.com/employerpoll.

For more information, contact Tracey Briggs, director of media relations, 1-703-668-9726, tbriggs@gmac.com

About GMAC: The Graduate Management Admission Council (gmac.com) is a nonprofit education organization of leading graduate business schools and owner of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT exam), used by more than 6,000 graduate business and management programs worldwide. GMAC is based in Reston, Virginia, and has regional offices in London, New Delhi and Hong Kong. The GMAT exam -- the only standardized test designed expressly for graduate business and management programs worldwide -- is continuously available at more than 590 test centers in 112 countries. More information about the GMAT exam is available at mba.com. For more information about GMAC, please visit gmac.com/newscenter.