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FDM Opens Up Thriving IT Job Market to Graduates in Manchester

05-24-2011 08:34 AM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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FDM Opens Up Thriving IT Job Market to Graduates in Manchester

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 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 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



For further information and high res images please contact Sheira Gorris at or telephone 01273 811531

FDM Group is an international IT Services Provider specialising in six core service areas: Project Management Office, Application Support, Development, Testing, Infrastructure and Training. Renowned for service excellence, FDM supplies effective and innovative IT solutions to over 200 blue-chip clients worldwide. With offices in the UK, Europe and the USA, FDM has shown exponential growth throughout the years and has firmly established itself as an award-winning IT Services Provider.

Sheira Gorris
Sheira Gorris
PR Assistant
Tel: 01273 811531
Lanchester House, Trafalgar Place, Brighton, BN1 4FU

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