Plumbers “more employable” than lawyers

Young people due to qualify as plumbers are viewed as more employable than law students, according to research by the City and Guilds Group.

The group commissioned a YouGov survey of more than 3,500 parents to ascertain how they viewed different professional and vocational training options.

Over half (57 per cent) of the respondents believed that somebody with plumbing training was very employable, compared to the 53 per cent of parents who rated somebody with a law degree the same.

A science graduate was believed to be very employable by 52 per cent of parents while English and history graduates were thought to be much less employable, with 22 per cent and 8 per cent of parents respectively agreeing with the statement that graduates of those subjects were ‘very employable’. One third of parents put foreign language graduates in that category.

Law students were seen as more employable than both mechanics and builders, however, with only 44 per cent and 43 per cent of parents agreeing that the groups were very employable.

Law was also seen as one of the top three most desirable sectors for offspring to enter, along with engineering and technology.

Nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of parents saw the value of apprenticeships or vocational qualifications but just 16 per cent hoped that their child would complete an apprenticeship. Just over one third (37 per cent) of parents wanted their child to attend university.