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Many employees are overqualified, says survey

Published: Friday, 27 March 2009   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

Graduates' skills could be going to waste according to a new survey by the Work Foundation, which says that 40 per cent of employees have more qualifications than their job requires.

The survey also showed that 65 per cent of workers thought their job was "rule and policy-bound", even though only five per cent perceived this to be a positive quality.

Many graduates have found themselves in jobs which do not take advantage of their knowledge, with 20 per cent in "low knowledge content" work.

Phil Flaxton, chief executive of Work Wise UK, said: "[The economy has] changed significantly, and some would argue it will never go back to what it was."

He said that many employers are asking themselves: "How do we deploy and get the best from these people in the current economic climate?"

A representative from the Institute of the Motors Industry recently spoke to the Independent about the need for employers in the sector to train graduates and apprentices to get the most out of them.


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