What careers have the best prospects for recent graduates? Here are the sectors seeking out the most grads so far in 2016, but accounting and finance fails to make the top five

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With the cost of university education on the rise and the job market seemingly more competitive by the day, it pays (literally) for graduates to pick their profession with care.

Online jobs website CV-Library has today revealed the sectors with the most graduate jobs on offer so far in 2016.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, engineering takes the top spot and skills shortages in the tech industry have probably helped to push IT in the number three position.

"Our data directly correlates with ongoing reports of skills shortages across many of the UK’s key industries and this is a big concern," remarked Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library. "Businesses can’t face this problem alone; it’s a much broader issue which requires further government intervention.

"More needs to be done in early education to entice our future generations into sectors such as engineering, otherwise the threat of skills shortages in years to come will quickly become a reality."

Sectors with the most graduate jobs on offer

1. Engineering

2. Education

3. IT

4. Construction

5. Personnel and recruitment

6. Manufacturing

7. Medical

8. Marketing

9. Accounting and financial

10. Admin

However, those with a head for figures and uncanny knack with a spreadsheet might find themselves out of luck this year. Graduate roles in accounting and finance failed to score a top five slot, placing at a rather modest number nine instead.

As for degree subjects, engineering, science and mathematics are the clear frontrunners, but those with a piece of paper declaring their background in English or physical education are also experiencing a fair amount of demand.

Read more: How to make London more affordable for new grads

However, an increasing amount of employers are not fussed whether their newest hire once aspired to be Dickins or Darwin, simply requiring a 2:1 degree without specifying a discipline.

Last month, Auburn University was the bearer of bad news for any university student who was looking forward to a summer relaxing between terms. Academics discovered that those with a three-month internship in the summer of their penultimate year received 14 per cent more interview requests than those without that extra work experience, regardless of what subject they studied.

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