Master’s degrees make no difference to skill set

Monday 25th March 2019 19:44 EDT

Most employers do not believe postgraduate degrees give workers an edge in terms of their skills, a new poll has suggested.  

Only 19 per cent of employers said graduates with a master’s had better skills than those who did not take a postgraduate qualification, a survey from the Institute of Student Employers (ISE) revealed.

The report shows no employers in the consumer goods sector valued the qualification, while only 6 per cent in the IT sector saw the benefits of a postgraduate degree. 

Even where employers do value master’s degrees, such as the charity and public sectors, the graduates do not necessarily progress faster than those with other qualifications.

Only 12 per cent of employers said that postgraduate qualified hires progress more quickly in terms of salary than other hires, the survey revealed.

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