Statistics show that learning pays
Qualifications have a big effect on pay
Usually the higher your qualifications, the more you're paid
The 'pay and qualifications graph' below shows ...
... the average gross weekly pay of full-time employees aged between 16 and 64 by highest qualification held as researched in Quarter 1, January to March 2020 in England
Pay and qualifications graph 2020
- Level 4 and above = for example, higher national certicate or diploma, foundation degree or degree
- Level 3 = A level or BTEC National Diploma
- Level 2 = 4 GCSEs grade 9 to 4 or A* to C or BTEC First
Source: Labour Force Survey 2020
Note: the graph above does not include earnings from any additional part-time jobs/work employees may have
Six great reasons for staying in learning and getting qualified:
- If you want a good choice of jobs you need good qualifications
- More and more jobs will require high level qualifications and skills - there are fewer low skilled jobs
- To increase your self-confidence and reach your full potential
- To show employers, teachers and tutors you can work hard, have the skills they need and that you are prepared to learn
- To improve your life chances. Missing out on learning 16+ could affect your whole future well-being, things such as your health, your life style, your friends
- So you earn more! It’s true, the more you learn the more you earn!
Don’t forget ...
... learning is not just about school or college. It also includes training at work, apprenticeships and university technical colleges (UTCs).
As jobs and work change in the future, you should be prepared to update your skill throughout your working life.
And remember ...
... you have to stay in learning until your 18th birthday