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Boost for civils graduates

Employment prospects for civil engineering graduates have improved, a survey has revealed.

The poll, carried out by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit, showed that 9.5 per cent of people completing degree courses in the subject in 2011 were unemployed six months later.

This was down from 11.4 per cent a year earlier, although it remained above the 8.6 per cent rate of unemployment across all subjects in 2011.

The latest poll showed that of 2,320 respondents to the survey who graduated in civil engineering last year, 62.8 per cent were in employment. The remainder were studying or undertaking other activities.

Of those working in the UK, little over half were working as engineers.

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