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Yorkshire not retaining graduates

Published: Wednesday, 06 February 2008   Category: Graduate Job sector Reports

New research has shown that the Yorkshire region is failing to retain it graduates resulting in the graduate economy falling behind.

The Graduate Economies in Britain report by Geoeconomics is an indicator of a region's ranking in the "knowledge economy" and emphasises the role that graduates play in maintaining strong knowledge-intensive industries, reports Onrec.

A knowledge-intensive sector is one in which 25 per cent of the workforce must be qualified to degree level, the report continues.

The figures show that, while Leeds, Sheffield and Rotherham are currently benefiting from good graduate retention, Bradford, York and Doncaster are not managing to keep graduates in the area.

Author of the report and leading economist Professor Mark Hepworth commented: "This is a two-way street - universities will need to ensure that graduate competences are compatible with the needs of local businesses who in turn need to create innovative work places, improve skills and the quality of jobs - key drivers for graduates."

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