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HECSU: Higher tuition fees could move power from employer to graduate

Published: Tuesday, 12 April 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

Universities charging higher tuition fees could result in a situation where graduates "have the upper hand over employers", leading to more graduate opportunities, says the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (HECSU).

Although widely seen as a bad thing for people going to university, the higher fees may lead to more demand for top graduates.

Charlie Ball, deputy director of research at HECSU, said this could result in fewer people going to university, increasing competition among employers for the top talent.

"With the new fees regime coming in, there is talk of some employers looking at other options in order to attract graduates," he said.

"Employers do tend to look at the long term and - particularly if we start to see less people going to university - once the economy recovers, we're going to start seeing a situation where employees will have the upper hand over employers."

Recent research by the BBC suggested that half of UK universities were planning to charge the maximum fees of £9,000 per year for all courses when the raised threshold comes in next year.

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