Half of UK graduates in jobs that don't need a degree - and if you want a job, study medicine or media studies

Almost half of the UK’s recent graduates are in jobs which do not require a degree, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

The ONS report, Graduates in the Labour Market 2013, says there were 12 million graduates in the UK last year, showing steady upwards growth in the number of people going on to higher education, but the number of recent graduates in non-graduate jobs has risen to 47%, up from 37% in 2001.

The report found that graduates with degrees in medicine were most likely to secure employment, with a 95% success rate. This was followed by media studies at 93% and then subjects related to medicine also at 93%.

Medicine graduates also received the highest wages, with average wages for medicine graduates at £46,000 a year, followed by engineering at over £40,000 a year.

Those graduates with degrees in the arts had the lowest level of employment, and also relatively low levels of pay. This is partly due to 40% of arts subject graduates working in non-graduate jobs.

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