Stat of the day: 55%

The proportion of this year's graduates who'll be unemployed or working in non-graduate jobs six months after they finish university.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
If the prospect of paying £9k a year in tuition fees isn’t daunting enough, the chance of getting a good job after graduation is looking increasingly small. More than half of students who graduate this year can expect to be working in non-graduate jobs six months later – or even face unemployment altogether – according to research published by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Apparently, 55% of the class of 2011 will struggle to get a foot on the career ladder - up 3% from last year’s figures. Some 20% of graduates were out of work this year, the highest number in a decade. 

The government still maintains that a degree is a good investment. But comments by McDonalds UK boss Jill McDonald (no relation, we presume) about finding work straight after school may strike a chord among young people concerned they face sky-high tuition fees, only to go straight into low-skilled work afterwards. And that’s if they’re lucky. 

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