The Labour Market for Graduates in Scotland

Bates P, Tyers C, Loukas G |  SE1726 | Futureskills Scotland | Mar 2006

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This report describes how the labour market in Scotland for graduates changed between 1993/95 and 2001/03, and examined what effect the large increase in the supply of graduates had on the labour market experience of graduates in Scotland.

By 2006 the number of graduates in Scotland's workforce had increased by around half since the mid-1990s. There was considerable dispute as to whether that had desirable.

Some people argued that there are 'too many' graduates, or at least 'too many' of the 'wrong type'. Others contended that a modern economy needed graduate level skills to prosper. A final option was that the number and types of graduates produced matched what Scotland's labour market and economy needed.

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