Graduates 'deserve better jobs'

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Many graduates continue to work in jobs they are over-qualified for

Trades Union Congress (TUC) general secretary Frances O'Grady believes more now needs to be done to promote the creation of better-paid and highly-skilled jobs for the nation's graduates.

Ms O'Grady made her comments in response to the publication of the latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, which show that almost one-third (32 per cent) of graduates are now working in positions that do not require them to have a degree.

She stated: "Young people are simply not getting the opportunities they deserve. If we don’t create better jobs for graduates we won’t be able to build the higher-skilled workforce the UK desperately needs to boost productivity and compete with other countries."

The TUC leader added that for many university-leavers the prospect of finding a job that matches their level of qualification and skills is not positive at present and this is an issue that needs to be addressed.

Businesses must therefore focus on providing more higher-skilled positions, while the government must also do far more to help firms achieve this.

Without higher-skilled positions being made available to those that can carry out these roles, this is having the impact of forcing many people into work that they are over-qualified to carry out, while also pushing those who don’t have a degree out of the labour market altogether.

Ms O'Grady concluded this is a problem that continues to be talked about year after year, but so far few steps have been taken to help solve this skills crisis.

"The government’s economic plan is failing to solve this career gridlock, but action is urgently needed. Bemoaning the lack of decent graduate jobs is becoming an annual event," she said.