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Degree classification key to graduate employment

Published: Wednesday, 15 August 2007   Category: Life after graduation

Students who have graduated from university with a 2:1 or higher have an unemployment rate of around 6 per cent, new figures have shown.

Research compiled by the Higher Education Statistics Agency suggests that level of employability for graduates depends on the qualification of the degree - with the highest achievers most likely to secure jobs.

Graduate who receive a first have an unemployment rate of 4.4 per cent and only 5.7 per cent of those with an upper second class degree are without work.

Just over eight per cent of students with a 2:2 are unemployed and more than ten per cent of graduates with third class degrees are actively seeking employment.

Students whose degrees who are not subject to classification have the lowest level of unemployment - just 3.5 per cent.

The figures also revealed that of the students who were in employment, just one per cent was working for a voluntary organisation.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18246453-ADNFCR

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