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Graduates Work Longer Hours

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: Graduate jobs

More than 50 hours is the average time that one in seven graduates is working during the week. This figure rises to 18% for those located in London.

Divided by sectors, the most pressurised ones are legal services (71%), accountancy (54%) and PR and marketing (53%).

These are the conclusions reached by the Graduate Prospects’ annual Real Prospects survey which says that graduates are working longer hours than ever in order to get themselves onto the career ladder.

Under pressure

Most of these surveyed stated that the current market and job situation is making them feel constantly under pressure to prove themselves in their new roles. Only under half of the 22,000 surveyed said they feel that they should work more than their contracted hours.

The survey also examined graduate attitudes to pay. Only 53% of the graduates surveyed said they feel satisfied with their salary.  77% of them earn less than £30,000 per year, with the majority of graduates filling the £20,000 - £25,000 bracket. Almost a third of them (30%) consider that their pay and benefits package makes them worse off than colleagues in similar roles.

Generation Y

Mike Hill, Graduate Prospect’s chief executive, said: ‘Generation Y has been regarded as the ‘lazy generation’, favouring life over work, but the research points to quite the opposite with many graduates developing a strong work ethic as in previous generations,’ said Mike Hill, Graduate Prospect’s chief executive.

‘This is undoubtedly a sign of the times. The labour market remains uncertain and the full impact of the public sector cuts is yet to be seen. Graduates are working hard to ensure they remain in employment and get ahead,’ he added.

Indeed, the current difficulties that our economy is facing are worsening the work specifications of those placed lowest in the job hierarchy. Today’s graduates have to struggle to  find a job, which puts them in a position where they don’t feel they should ask for better conditions.

On the contrary, as explained in this report, graduates are feeling overwhelmed and in constant pressure to prove their value to their managers by working more hours for less money in the present graduate jobs market.

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