over five years the amount of graduates taking on jobs like
cleaning or bar work has doubled to 10,000
to a survey by the Higher Education Statistics Agency
there are still 20,000 graduates out of work six months after leaving
university. The data showed that 71% were in work and a further 16%
Universities Minister David Willets said graduates were still
doing better than people without degrees. Yet the figures show that
9% of graduates are jobless after six months which is almost double
that of 2006/7 which was 5%.
The number of graduates employed in such roles as customer
service, sales assistant, market trader or call centre staff rose
to 20,675 (10%) which is up from 12,740 five years ago.
A survey undertaken by high street chain Aldi, found that only a
quarter of undergraduates expect to gain a job in their field of study. A further
study by on poll also found that 39% of respondents were prepared
to start at the bottom of the career ladder even though they have
trained in that profession for the past 3 years or more.
Mr Willetts said: "Although the unemployment market is
challenging, graduates continue to do better than non-graduates and
their prospects tend to pick up more quickly during a recovery.
"We must ensure that graduates enter the labour market equipped
"The Higher Education White Paper outlines proposals that will
deliver a greater focus on graduate employability.
"Universities will need to publish high-quality comparable
information on employment rates and future salaries of graduates by
university and by course.
"We will also improve the regime for sandwich courses and
promote a new framework for business and universities to work
together to ensure a better fit between graduates and