Graduates from Scottish universities enjoy jobs boom
Scottish graduates are more likely to get jobs than students from the rest of the UK, according to a new survey.
Figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) revealed that 2004/2005 graduate leavers recorded a rise in unemployment from 5.9 to six per cent for the UK as a whole, the Glasgow Herald reported.
However, graduates from Scotland were more likely to find work, with the unemployment rate falling from 5.7 to 4.9 per cent.
A spokesperson for Universities Scotland said the figures showed that a degree in Scotland makes a worthwhile investment for young adults.
"A degree from a Scottish university is as close to a guarantee of a better career than you can get. The unemployment rate for graduates in Scotland overall is three per cent which is a better measure than in the first year after graduation," he said.
"Four years after graduation 85 per cent of Scots university students are not only in jobs but in graduate level jobs."
In total, 66 per cent of Scottish students went straight into work in their first year of graduation, with 16.6 per cent continuing studies and 7.4 doing both.