Scots top poll

January 18, 2002

Scottish graduates are earning more than their English and Welsh counterparts and are more likely to be in jobs they are trained for, a Warwick University study has revealed.

Peter Elias and Kate Purcell of Warwick's institute for employment research surveyed more than 5,000 Scottish graduates three years after leaving higher education, and found they were more likely to be in traditional graduate jobs where the typical employee was highly qualified.

They were more likely to say they were in their dream job, less likely to see it as a staging post, and less likely to have accepted it to pay off student debts.

The study is one of a series published by Strathclyde University with support from Scottish Enterprise, to build an overall picture of the Scottish economy.

The survey also found Scottish graduates are slightly more likely to be unemployed three years after graduation, but explains this by Scotland's overall unemployment rate being higher than average.

There is anecdotal evidence that Scottish graduates are keen to stay north of the border despite the more limited jobs market.

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