Graduate over-qualification reaches saturation point

19 Aug 2015

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) has released a report highlighting figures that it says should be a ‘wake up call’ for employers, young people and government. The report cites an over-qualification problem in the UK, with 58.8% of graduates working in non-graduate jobs.

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD, said ‘We need to start a national debate about how to generate more high-skilled jobs, which means organisations investing more in developing their leadership and management capability, building more progression routes and improving work organisation and job design so that people’s ideas and skills are used more effectively in the workplace.’

The report also calls for a review of funding and notes the importance of considered career advice, helping students whose prospects may be greatly improved by pursuing apprenticeships make informed decisions.

Further information

CIPD policy report