Nieuws - 18 augustus 2011

More jobless economists than artists

The effects of the recession on applied sciences graduates in the Netherlands seem to be limited. One and a half years after graduation, 94.8 percent of the graduates from HBO institutions have a job. The lowest earners are artists and economists.

But an applied sciences degree does not seem to be a guarantee of a job, according to statistics from the HBO council. Six percent of the graduates from fulltime degree programmes are still jobless after one and a half years. That is considerably more than in the years preceding the credit crisis, when only three to four percent couldn't find a job. The good news is that the situation has not worsened since last year.

Surprisingly, more economists seem to be out of work (7.8 percent) than artists (6.1 percent). Unemployment is lowest among applied sciences graduates in health care: 2.7 percent. Graduates in the field of behaviour and society are having a tougher time on the job market: 6.9 percent of this group are jobless, as opposed to 4.4 percent last year. Agriculture graduates are also finding it harder to get work: jobless numbers in their ranks have risen from 4.8 to 6.2 percent. But this is a small group, so there is a greater fluctuation in this percentage over the years.

2,292 euros
Among those who do have a job, the salaries vary considerably. The average monthly salary is 2,237 euros, with agriculture graduates earning a bit more, at 2,292 euros. Artists have the lowest monthly income: 1,472 euros gross. All in all, 80 percent of the graduates would choose the same programme if they could choose all over again in the light of what they know now. This percentage has stayed the same for years.