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Students: Part-Time Employment

Volume 462: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of undergraduate students who were in part-time work in the (a) first year, (b) second year, (c) third year and (d) fourth year of their degrees, broken down by (i) socioeconomic group and (ii) number of hours worked per week. (146413)

The Student Income and Expenditure Survey 2004/05, published on 30 March 2006, is a comprehensive study on students’ income, expenditure, borrowing and debt. The survey showed that full-time undergraduate students were less likely to undertake paid work in the final year of their course. Further details are available in table 1.

The survey also shows that while a smaller proportion of students tend to work in their final year, those who do tend to work slightly more hours per week (table 2).

Table 1: the proportion of students who undertook paid work at some time during the academic year

Year of study

Socio-economic group

Proportion that were part-time work (percentage)

First year

Managerial/professional

55

Intermediate

64

Routine/manual

61

All socio-economic groups

58

Second/intermediate years

Managerial/professional

60

Intermediate

58

Routine/manual

64

All socio-economic groups

60

Final year/one-year course only

Managerial/professional

49

Intermediate

47

Routine/manual

58

All socio-economic groups

50

All years

Managerial/professional

55

Intermediate

55

Routine/manual

61

All socio-economic groups

56

Source:

Student Income and Expenditure Survey 2004/05

Table 2: the mean number of hours worked each week by full-time students who undertook paid work at some time during the academic year

Year of study

Mean hours worked per week

First year

13.8

Second/intermediate years

12.3

Final year/one-year course only

14.7

All years

13.6

Source:

Student Income and Expenditure Survey 2004/05