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Number of job vacancies requiring a first-class degree has fallen by 80 per cent in two years

Fewer employers are insisting on applicants for jobs having a first-class degree, according to research published today.
Figures show the number of vacancies demanding the top degree pass has fallen by 80 per cent in two years, says a study of more than 800,000 adverts for graduates.
The likelihood is, say researchers, that employers are broadening their approach to recruitment – and looking at items like communication skills and character as well as pure academic qualifications.
The research, by jobs search engine, also shows that graduates are likely to earn £15,000 a year more than non-graduates – or £500,000 over a lifetime.
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