The jobs gap between graduates and those who left school early has grown wider during the recession, according to research from the Organisation of Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).
The OECD’s annual Education at a Glance report reveals that unemployment among the poorly educated rose about 4% between 2008 and 2011, compared to just 1.5% for graduates.
Unemployment rates are nearly three times higher among people who school early (13% on average across OECD countries) than among graduates (5%).
The recession has also seen the earnings gap widen, the average difference in salaries between early school leavers and graduates has risen from 75% in 2008 to 90% in 2011. Graduates earn over one-and-a-half times that of adults with upper secondary educations.
Read more about graduate salaries in 2013 across a variety of professions.