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Science graduates earn more, says survey

Published: Monday, 06 April 2009   Category: Life after graduation

A new survey by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Nord Anglia shows that graduate jobs for those with science skills provide one of the highest incomes.

Science and technology skills make a graduate more employable, according to the Emerging Stronger: the Value of Education and Skills in Turbulent Times survey, although 32 per cent of employers have trouble sourcing staff at graduate level.

Four in ten employers prefer a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) degree and pay £1,000 more to those with qualifications in that area than the average starting salary (£21,000).

Andrew Fitzmaurice, chief executive of Nord Anglia Education, said: "Basic skills, such as reading, writing and doing simple maths, remain a real concern to employers. So too are the higher level skills, such as science, technology and engineering, which are of particular importance to the future of our economy."

Speaking in the Independent recently, Noel-Ann Bradshaw, a lecturer at the University of Greenwich, talked of the positive aspects of a maths degree in terms of graduate job employability.

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