British Academy report 'Qualified for the Future: Quantifying demand for arts, humanities and social science skills’

  • 13 May 2020 13:04
    Message # 8965600
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Dear LAGB members, 

    The British Academy (BA) recently launched ‘Qualified for the Future: quantifying demand for arts, humanities, and social science skills’.

    You can read the full report here:

    What follows is the BA's summary:

    Graduates in the arts, humanities and social sciences are just as employable as their counterparts in STEM subjects, fuel some of the fastest-growing sectors in the UK and enjoy rewarding careers in a wide range of sectors. These are the key findings of a new British Academy report examining the employment prospects of graduates from different subject groups.   

    Based on analysis by London Economics, ‘Qualified for the Future: Quantifying demand for arts, humanities and social science skills’ provides quantitative evidence for the employment benefits of studying the arts, humanities and social sciences at university.  

    The report finds that:  

    • Graduates of arts, humanities and social sciences are just as resilient to economic upheaval as other graduates and are just as likely to remain employed as STEM graduates during downturns 

    • Looking at the total UK workforce, arts, humanities and social science graduates are just as likely to be employed as their STEM counterparts; the 2017 Labour Force Survey shows that 88% of HSS graduates and 89% of STEM graduates were employed in that year 

    • Of the ten fastest growing sectors in the UK economy, eight employ more graduates from the arts, humanities and social science than other disciplines. They include the well-paid information and communication industry and finance sector 

    • HSS graduates are the backbone of the economy, with the majority working in the UK services sector. The service sector accounts for 81% of the UK’s total economic output and is second only to the US in export value globally 

    • HSS graduates will be essential to fill in the workforce gaps of the future, particularly those studying fine arts, history and archaeology, philosophy and theology, geography, sociology and anthropology  

    • While the health sector is the dominant destination for recent STEM graduates, HSS graduates choose to work in a wide range of sectors across the economy, including financial services, education, social work, the media and creative industries. 

    Members of UK learned societies are being asked to help publicise the report and share the link with teachers/schools in their networks to help disseminate the findings. 

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