One quarter of PR graduates unable to get full-time job

As many as a quarter of last year’s graduates of PR-based degree courses are still unable to find permanent full- time work in the industry, an IPR survey has suggested.

The survey is the body’s first of its kind and is based on responses from 340 graduates who left IPR-accredited university PR courses last year.

Just 73 per cent said they were now employed in full- time permanent roles, either in-house or consultancy.

Of the remaining 27 per cent, some responses gave no comment on their current employment, while some said they were unemployed.

One response simply said ‘working for Starbucks’.

Those who have found a PR job are earning salaries broadly in line with the national average. Graduates of IPR courses in Cardiff and Bournemouth for example are earning around £17, 500 in their first jobs.

The survey – First Destinations for IPR Graduates – also showed that PR is likely to remain a profession largely dominated by women.

Only 22 per cent of the graduates who responded were men.

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