Recruiters feel that UK students are not ‘work ready’ when it comes time to enter the graduate jobs market, according to a new survey.

Carried out by market research specialists YouGov and commissioned by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide, the poll of 419 graduate employers found that 52% believed that none or few graduates were work ready when recruited.

In spite of beating out fierce competition in the graduate jobs market, those that successfully secured graduate jobs were still thought to be lacking the key skills of teamwork, determination, communication and punctuality.

Findings also revealed that graduate employers care more about the subject studied than where a student studied or the final grade achieved, with nearly two thirds looking at a candidate’s degree course first. Just 17% were interested in the degree result, while 8% prioritised the university’s reputation.

Alastair McCall, one of the guide’s editors, said: ‘With the typical degree now costing £27,000 in tuition fees alone, students have a right to be better prepared for the battleground that is the graduate jobs market.’

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