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More jobs than ever require a degree

Published: Wednesday, 29 May 2013

The number of jobs requiring a degree in the UK has over taken the number of jobs requiring no qualifications at all.

This might not seem a striking statistic but traditionally the unskilled labour market has made a sizeable contribution to the UK economy. In the 1980s the number of UK jobs requiring a degree was only 10%, recent research by the Institute of Education suggests this is now around 26%.

Added to this is a growing trend of jobs and opportunities aimed at graduates and highly skilled individuals. The New Economics Foundation reports that:

  • Non-graduates are twice as likely to be unemployed
  • 15% of those without degree are working in the retail sector

Whilst the Institute of Education reports that the percentage of graduates in graduate level careers has risen from 69% to 74%. 

Source: BBC and New Economics Foundation