Many students are leaving university with more debt than their annual salary, official figures suggest.
Despite an overall pay increase in recent years, one in four graduates still work in bars, cafes and other low-level jobs several years after leaving university. Some are being forced to take poorly paid jobs to clear debts amid unprecedented competition for the best graduate positions.
About one-in-five of all graduates are unemployed at least once in the first few years after finishing their course. Men continue to earn more than women.
The conclusions provide the most comprehensive snapshot yet into graduate employment under Labour.
Graduates ‘earning less than their debts’