Many British graduates looking abroad as they become fed up with complacent UK employers

by Ray Clancy on February 19, 2010

A third of British graduates are considering becoming expats as they can’t find jobs in the UK, according to a new survey. They are fed up with rude and complacent employers.

Some 34% of soon to qualify students and recent graduates told the survey by student/employer jobs website student gems that they considering a move abroad due to a perceived lack of job opportunities in the UK.

The poll also showed that each respondent claimed to have applied for between 20 to 30 jobs each. Of these, just 5% of applications resulted in an interview, according to the research.

‘My preferred choice would be to secure a graduate role in the UK but if I can’t find what I am looking for then I will definitely be job hunting in Europe,’ said Sarah Thomas, a final year languages student at Durham University.

Sue Harrison, co-founder of, said that it is a loss to the UK that talented people are considering moving abroad. ‘Even if only a quarter of these students looking at jobs abroad left for greener pastures the loss to the British job market would be felt for years to come,’ she explained.

A lot of the blame is levelled at employers. ‘It starts with simple courtesy. Less than half of employers inform interviewed candidates when they are unsuccessful, a fact which shows that employers are becoming complacent with the level of applications for roles,’ said Harrison.

‘Graduates are becoming more and more likely to stray and the reason is lack of success whilst job hunting. I’d advise students to get as much relevant experience as they can whilst at university. Using services like, students and graduates can find employers looking for ad hoc help and gain vital experience which will hopefully keep them within the British job system,’ she added.

The survey also found that 21% of final year university students are considering a Masters degree to complement their education, whilst 67% said they would try to secure employment before looking at further studies. The remainder said they were looking into all options, including taking a gap year.

‘We see such talent on our site every day. I really think businesses are missing a trick if they don’t snap up some of these students quickly. We all want to help the UK economy pull out of the recession and one of the ways we can do that is to give opportunities to our students and graduates who are the workforce of tomorrow. They are talented and a vibrant asset to our business communities,’ Harrison continued.

‘Businesses who take on students and graduates are able to benefit from some of the UK’s brightest and best young people, whilst at the same time improving their profitability at a time when every penny counts,’ she added.

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mozz1 May 6, 2010 at 10:03 am

Yeah, they think that ’til they get there and discover the nascent racism and discrimmination, fuelled by local misunderstanding that “Poms” are taking rheir jobs and driving up house prices. Which to some extent they are but of course that benefits the local economy and no one complains when they make a tidy profit selling their properties to British ex-pats.


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