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Larger salaries for Irish postgraduates, research reveals

Published: Wednesday, 07 October 2009   Category: Postgraduate Study

Students in Ireland who undertake postgraduate degrees will gain higher annual wages when they start their careers , according to a new report.

The country's Higher Education Authority (HEA) revealed that graduate jobs for bachelor degree holders will provide an average salary of between €21,000 (£19,400) and €24,999,whereas PhD students can expect to receive more than €45,000.

It was also found that 75 per cent of postgraduate degree holders found a job since leaving university in 2007, compared to 55 per cent of bachelor level alumni.

Tom Boland, chief executive of the HEA, said: "These figures confirm the benefits of a third-level education to the individual. Quite simply, a graduate is more likely to find sustainable employment and to be better paid than a non-graduate."

The National Skills Academy for Social Care recently launched a training scheme in order to help graduate job hunters gain the skills necessary to become a manager in the industry, the Guardian reported.

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