UK ranked eighth best European country to work in for graduates this year with over 86% of recent graduate employment rate. This is a 0.4% graduate employment rate increase from 2020, the 18th biggest rate increase among all European countries reviewed.
Savoy Stewartcollated official data for 31 countries from Eurostat and Gov.uk, revealing the best country to work in for graduates.
In 2021, the employment rate for working-age graduates (those aged 16 - 64) was 86.7%, an increase of 0.4 percentage points on 2020 (86.3%). For working-age postgraduates the employment rate was 88.2%, an increase of 0.1 percentage points on 2020 (88.1%). For working-age non-graduates the employment rate was 70.2%, a decrease of 0.9 percentage points on 2020 (71.1%) (Source: Graduate labour market statistics, gov.uk).
Table: Top 10 European Countries with the Highest Graduate Employment Rate
Netherlands currently has the highest graduate employment rate in Europe - at 93.1%.Ranking second is Germany with an employment rate of 91.3% for recent graduates.Norway came third with a 91.0% recent employment rate for graduates, 1.3% higher than the previous year.
Table: Bottom 5 European Countries with the lowest Graduate Employment Rate
Italy with graduate employment at 57.9% is the lowest among all European countries reviewed by Savoy Stewart. Despite a healthy increase of 5.2% in the graduate employment rate from the previous year, Greece ranked as the second worst country for graduates. Battling economic issues, Serbia and Romania follow with 65.1% and 70.1%, respectively. With a graduate employment rate of 72.8%, Spain is the fifth worst country for graduate jobs in EU countries.
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