More than two years after the UK government banned study abroad, thousands of Britons are still finding jobs after leaving the country, a survey has found.
Millwork, a job search app, asked 1,000 jobseekers what they were doing after studying overseas.
The results were published in a report published by the company’s research arm, the Centre for Talent and the Job Search, on Wednesday.
Millworks data suggests the vast majority of people who left the country to study are still looking for work, with only a minority now unemployed.
The majority of the 1,062 respondents said they were working for a company, in the IT, IT services or healthcare sectors, with the remainder working in the leisure and hospitality sectors.
Among the jobs available, almost one in four people said they had worked at an independent accommodation company, while one in 10 had worked for a hotelier.
Millworkers data also showed that a third of people had gone on to work at a UK-based firm after leaving.
However, almost three in five of those who had gone abroad said they now found work.
Some 37 per cent of people said their experience at a business had changed the way they view work.
Millworker’s survey also found that people with less than a high school education or less than an undergraduate degree had seen their earnings fall significantly over the last two years.
It found that while there were still a small number of people in the UK who had a high-school degree, the proportion of people with no qualifications had risen from 12 per cent in 2015 to 17 per cent.
Mill workers said they believed the number of jobs available was falling.
“There’s been a gradual reduction in the number that are available to the UK’s unemployed over the past two years, and we’re not talking about a sudden decrease in numbers, we’re talking about people looking for jobs,” said Hannah MacKenzie, a Millworker data scientist.
Mill Workers chief executive, Joanne McLean, said it was important that employers knew their potential workers were still available for employment after leaving to study abroad.
“If employers are prepared to take on the burden of managing and recruiting for those who have left the UK, then there will be more people out there with a job,” she said.
Mill Workers chief executive Joanne MacKeline said that the UK could still recruit graduates with no previous work experience.
“It is also important that companies take the time to look for qualified graduates with the right skills and experience, who can contribute to the company in their current role,” she added.
“Many of these are young professionals, people who have already started working, and so they have already learned their trade and can be more effective in their new role.”
For these young people, a good apprenticeship can offer them the confidence and support to start up their own businesses.