About 92 per cent of males and 82 per cent of females aged 25-34 with higher education qualifications excluding PhDs are employed in the UK, according to data in the report, Education at a Glance Interim Report: Update of Employment and Educational Attainment Indicators.
However, employment rates for this age group and education level are higher in Russia, Brazil and Germany. Russia has the highest employment rate for men, with about 95 per cent of male graduates in work, while Brazil has among the highest for women (about 86 per cent).
Of the countries chosen for comparison, Japan has among the lowest employment rates for young people with higher education qualifications. Males have similar rates of employment as the UK at about 92 per cent, but only about 74 per cent of females are employed.