Policy Report

Alternative pathways into the labour market

This information is available for download

Format Title File size

Alternative pathways into the labour market

Published October 2016

File size:
290 KB

Download the 'Alternative pathways into the labour market' pdf 290 KB, alternative-pathways-into-the-labour-market_2016.pdf. Opens in a new window.

With nearly three-in-five graduates in the UK working in non-graduate jobs, the UK has one of the highest levels of self-reported over-qualification amongst its graduates in Europe. So what skills ‘premium’, if any, do individuals gain from going to university? And with the UK not producing enough of the highly skilled jobs for our graduates – and government figures suggesting 45% of student loans won’t be paid back – is the UK economy actually making a loss by having so many graduates in the labour market?
To examine these issues, the CIPD has commissioned research to explore various pathways into employment, comparing the relative costs and outcomes from graduate and non-graduate routes.

Content of the report 
  1. Over-qualification and skills mismatch in the graduate labour market: an update 
  2. An abridged history of occupational filtering down in the UK 
  3. Assessing the costs of alternative pathways 
  4. Conclusion

Read the press release summary