Getting poorer by degrees - Wirral MP reveals graduates' low pay

Wirral Globe: Getting poorer by degrees - Wirral MP reveals graduates' low pay Getting poorer by degrees - Wirral MP reveals graduates' low pay

Figures obtained by Birkenhead MP Frank Field show university graduates are earning lower wages than non-graduate employees who have completed apprenticeships.

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that in April to June last year, 27% of graduates were earning an hourly wage lower than non-graduate employees.

Mr Field said: “More than a quarter of graduates now earn less than workers with an apprenticeship under their belt.

“Successive generations of young people have been shoehorned into universities on the promise of improving their lifetime earnings.

"But as well as being saddled with eye-watering levels of debt, more than a quarter of them now work in part-time roles earning lower wages than workers with an apprenticeship under their belt.

“Politicians need to sit up and take note of these shifting patterns. We need to encourage more young people to think hard about the best ways of achieving their goals in life.”

The lowest-earning 40% of graduates were more likely to work in part-time roles, and are heavily concentrated in low-paying sectors such as distribution, hotels and restaurants, earning around £13.45 an hour or less.

The top five roles for non-graduate employees with an apprenticeship were manual roles such as electricians, carpenters and mechanics.

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11:08am Fri 17 Jan 14

Joeblogg85 says...

Sir Frank going off piste again. Sort your own constituency out first rather than stuff like this. All the nonsense going on at the Council and not a sausage from Frank
Sir Frank going off piste again. Sort your own constituency out first rather than stuff like this. All the nonsense going on at the Council and not a sausage from Frank Joeblogg85
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4:59pm Sat 18 Jan 14

John Bell says...

It was Labour that decided 50% of young people should go to university despite less than 50% jobs are degree-level jobs.

Where was Mr Field when this was happening?

That's why this government has put more emphasis on apprenticeships.
It was Labour that decided 50% of young people should go to university despite less than 50% jobs are degree-level jobs. Where was Mr Field when this was happening? That's why this government has put more emphasis on apprenticeships. John Bell
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10:28pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Positive thinker says...

Someone told me Frank takes crack,iam starting to think it could be true
Someone told me Frank takes crack,iam starting to think it could be true Positive thinker
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