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Half of students work all year round

Published: Monday, 03 September 2007   Category: Public sector

The cost of university has forced more than 50 per cent of students to constantly commit themselves to part time employment, new research suggests.

According to the figures compiled by Milkround, 52 per cent of students work all year round and a further 23 per cent worked in the holidays to help fund their education.

In addition only five per cent of university goers claimed that they did not to need to be employed but a massive 84 per cent said that part-time work while studying was essential to survival.

Explaining the findings, Mike Barnard at Milkround said: "The burden of financial worries clearly ranks high on student minds: they need to be earning to make ends meet at university.

"If the trend of increasing the costs of university study continues, the danger is students may have to earn even more leading to less time studying.

"The experiences of a part time job can be valuable when they graduate along with the money, but this should not be taking priority over a good degree."

Figures from the survey suggest that the majority of student part-time workers earn, on average, between £50 and £100 a week.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18265675-ADNFCR

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