Employers ‘prefer arts grads’

Contrary to popular belief arts, humanities and social science graduates are more in demand than science graduates in eight of the UK’s 10 fastest-growing sectors of the economy.

A study by the British Academy and London Economics consultancy said businesses including information and communications, finance, transport and property all prefer humanities graduates. In finance almost 70% of graduate employees have a humanities background.

The report also dispels the myth that STEM graduates (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) earn lots more. Gross hourly pay is roughly the same on average, £17 an hour for humanities graduates and £18.40 for STEM –£35,360 compared with £38,272 a year.

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