Two-fifths of graduates underemployed

Forty per cent of graduates fail to get graduate-calibre roles two years after leaving university education, according to Futuretrack, a wide-ranging survey of graduate prospects.

The survey, carried out by Warwick University’s Institute for Employment Research and funded by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU), found that around twice the proportion of graduates were unable to find graduate-level jobs compared with their peers a decade earlier.  

One of the key attractions of pursuing a degree, that graduates earn a “premium” for their studies, has also lost its sheen, with the graduate-salary premium down 2% per year compared with average national earnings over the past 10 years.


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