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More women find graduate jobs in recession

Published: Tuesday, 18 August 2009   Category: Diversity Jobs

While the recession has had a detrimental effect on both male and female graduates over the past 12 months, the latter is proving more adept at finding work in the tough climate.

A new study by Higher Education Statistics Agency has found that 73 per cent of women who gained a degree last summer found a graduate job within six months of leaving university, compared to 68 per cent of men.

While women were proving themselves more competent at gaining graduate employment, there was a greater likelihood of men continuing further education.

David Lammy, minister for higher education, added: "Employment rates for both male and female graduates continue to be higher than for those with lower qualifications."

Katie Allen, media business correspondent for the Guardian, recently wrote in the newspaper that the recession could lead to more jobs for women in the financial services, a sector usually associated with a "macho" culture.


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