Half of students take term-time work

15-08-2006

Almost half of university students are working part time in order to help support their studies, a new report shows.

Around 45 per cent of undergraduates are taking part-time jobs at university, often to supplement their student loans or to pay off their tuition fees, up from 40 per cent last year.

Those working part-time work an average of 16 hours per week, although one in five students work more than 20 hours each week, the figures from the Royal Bank of Scotland reveal.

While many students are employed in popular areas such as bar and shop work, around 15,600 students will work in marketing and 7,800 will work for management consultancies, the report found.

"For many students, heading off to university is the first time that they will live away from their parents. With that newfound independence comes a range of unexpected financial hurdles that many will not be adequately prepared for," said head of student banking at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Paul Jeffrey.

British students are expecting to earn almost £2.3 billion in total from term-time jobs over the coming academic year.



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