Research and analysis

Non-graduate pathways in the UK's labour market

This research sets out the opportunities and challenges non-graduates face in achieving social mobility.


Non-graduate pathways in the UK's labour market

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This research identifies:

  • a ‘privilege premium’ for non-graduates, which means men from poorer backgrounds earn £80, and women £100, a week less on average than similarly skilled non-graduate workers with wealthier parents
  • specific challenges for non-graduate women:
    • around a sixth are not using the qualifications they have and are working in low-paid jobs, such as in sales and customer services
    • a further fifth have low qualifications, are low paid, have young children and are on the margins of the jobs market
Published 11 May 2016