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Survey Shows Students Put Studies First

27 Oct 2015

A recent national survey revealed that students are putting their studies first when it comes to working. Whilst 90% of the students surveyed are taking some form of part time or holiday job to supplement their income, the majority are keeping their working hours below the maximum recommended by most Universities.


National Student Jobs Survey Results 2015


According to the latest research from JustStudentJobs.co.uk published on 27th October 2015:

  • 6 out of 10 student workers have both term time and holiday jobs
  • 1 out of 10 students are getting paid below the national minimum wage
  • Most students are working less than 16 hours per week
  • Hours of work are considered more important than pay rates
Most students are working to fund living costs, shopping habits or their social life, but 1 in 4 working students claim that their prime reason for working is to gain work experience that will make them more employable when they graduate.

6 out of 10 student workers have both term time and holiday jobs


23% of students that have worked in the past 12 months said that they only worked during holidays, 17% only worked during term time and 60% said they were working in both term time and holidays.

1 out of 10 students are getting paid below the national minimum wage


Unsurprisingly 44% said that they were getting paid at minimum wage levels. 44% of  respondents said that they were getting paid above the national minimum wage but 11% claimed that they were being paid below national minimum wage levels, despite this being illegal for everything except voluntary work.

Most students are working less than 16 hours per week.


63% of respondents said that they were working less than 16 hours per week. 24% said that they worked between 16 and 25 hours per week and only 13% claimed to work more than 26 hours per week. Most universities recommend that students should not work more than 16 hours per week during term time to ensure that their part time work does not negatively impact on their studies.

Most students consider the hours of work more important than pay rates.


28% said that hours of work are the most important thing that they look for in their student job. Pay rates were rated top by only 18% of respondents. 65% also stated that balancing work with their studies was one of their biggest challenges and this may explain why working hours are so important for today’s students.

The National Student Jobs Survey was conducted by specialist job site JustStudentJobs.co.uk during the month of September 2015. The survey was sent to over 100,000 students registered throughout the UK. Over 70% of respondents were current undergraduates and the rest were recent graduates.


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