• Plans to Hire International
    Students Slide Again


    Spotlight for Career Services Professionals
    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
    February 8, 2017

    For the second straight year, the percentage of employers that expect to hire international students has fallen, according to NACE’s Job Outlook 2017 report.

    This year, 27.5 percent of employers plan to hire international students, making it the second lowest group since 2012. (See Figure 1.) Last year, 32.8 percent of employers indicated plans to hire international students.

    By industry, computer and electronics manufacturing—an industry that hires mainly from STEM disciplines—shows the most interest in hiring international students from the Class of 2017, as almost two-thirds of respondents have plans to do so. (See Figure 2.)

    Demand for international students has dropped in three of the four geographic regions this year. (See Figure 3.) The only discrepancy: More employers in the West region plan to hire international students, with more than one-third reporting they will do so. This may be due to the fact that the type of industries located in the West region exhibit the most interest in hiring these graduates.

    Data for the Job Outlook 2017 survey were collected from August 5, 2016, through October 4, 2016. A total of 169 surveys were returned—a 17 percent response rate. The Job Outlook 2017 report is available to members through MyNACE.

    Figure 1: International Student Hiring Plans, 2012-17

    Recruiting Year Percentage of Respondents
    2017 27.5%
    2016 32.8%
    2015 34.2%
    2014 33.8%
    2013 28.1%
    2012 24.2%
     Source: Job Outlook 2017, National Association of Colleges and Employers

    Figure 2: International Student Hiring Plans, by Industry

    Industry Percentage of Respondents That Plan
    to Hire International Students
    Computer and Electronics Manufacturing 63.6%
    Accounting Services 60.0%
    Miscellaneous Professional Services 58.3%
    Construction 55.6%
    Transportation 40.0%
    Information 33.3%
    Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate 27.6%
    Food and Beverage Manufacturing 25.0%
    Chemical (Pharmaceutical) Manufacturing 23.1%
    Engineering Services 20.0%
    Government 16.7%
    Miscellaneous Manufacturing 10.0%
    Source: Job Outlook 2017, National Association of Colleges and Employers

    Figure 3: International Student Hiring Plans, by Region

    Year Northeast Southeast Midwest West
    2017 24% 29% 26% 35%
    2016 32% 36% 31% 32%
    2015 37% 29% 28% 49%
    2014 39% 28% 33% 41%
    Source: Job Outlook 2017, National Association of Colleges and Employers