Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 16
UK'S BEST PLACES
TO WORK 2017
EMPLOYEES' CHOICE OF TOP COMPANIES
REVEALED BY RECRUITMENT WEBSITE
US travel company
3 HomeServe UK
4 Mott MacDonald
Management, engineering and development
Specialist recruiting firm
Single parents are just as likely
to be in work as women who
have no children, official figures
show. More than two-thirds
(67.8%) of single parents -
overwhelmingly women - are
now in employment, up from
43.8% just over 20 years ago.
SCIENCE = HIGH SALARY
New figures have confirmed that if you want to earn a wage at the top end of
the scale after graduation, you should study science, technology, engineering
and maths (STEM) subjects.
At £30,904, an entry-level engineer earns 18% above the UK average
wage, while a software developer makes 14% above the national average
with £30,000. This is echoed across the country, according to Hay Group,
a division of Korn Ferry, the global people and organisational advisory firm.
However, despite a slight rise in salaries, the UK has dropped to
seventh-highest paid nation for university graduates from fifth place in 2016,
with the average graduates earning a starting salary of £26,268.
Young are "ill-equipped
for work" says new report
Young British people attempting
to enter the jobs market are
undermined by the UK education
system, according to a report
by an independent charity.
The Edge Foundation report
said that students are not being
equipped with the skills employers
look for, indicating that too much
emphasis was placed on grades
and academic qualifications.
The report proposed an eightpoint plan to combat the problem.
This included scrapping the "pass
or fail" exam cliff edge for 16-year-
olds, and creating a 14-19 phase;
for 14-year-olds; and making
work experience mandatory.
"The government's fixation
on academic exams is betraying
young people whose talents
lie beyond passing exams,"
says Edge CEO Alice Barnard.
"By 2050 we will need more
than three million additional
skilled workers, but we have no
strategy to give young people
the skills they need for the real
world in our digitised age."
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