The CIPD study contains the important, but not unexpected, information that well over half of graduates are in jobs deemed to be non-graduate roles. This percentage is high for Europe but the issue is a global phenomenon with the potential to become more acute as student numbers in higher education increase. The creation of high skilled jobs is not keeping pace.
We hope to see the balance improve over time, for the sake of job satisfaction and productivity. In the meanwhile, Mettletest continues its mission to provide those extra skills and credentials to ensure our candidates do secure the genuine graduate roles.
You can see more on the BBC News website, where they are keen to hear from graduates in non-graduate jobs.
“The assumption that we will transition to a more productive, higher-value, higher-skilled economy just by increasing the conveyor belt of graduates is proven to be flawed,” said Peter Cheese, chief executive of the CIPD, the professional body for human resources managers.
From The CIPD Policy Report – Over-qualification and skills mismatch in the graduate labour market
“In recent decades the UK’s higher education sector has expanded rapidly, but the increase in the number of graduates has not been matched by an increase in high-skilled jobs. Many graduates are finding themselves working in jobs that would in previous generations have been filled by non-graduates.”
Don’t despair entirely though, dear graduate. The CIPD also says:
“What we observe in much of the labour market is that graduates are successful in finding jobs that require more skills, but we do not find that when a graduate and a non-graduate find themselves in the same occupation, the former necessarily has some advantage over the latter.”