Services Sector: the most popular degrees, contract types and salaries

AlmaLaurea data analyse the professional performance of the graduates employed in this sector: they are mostly women and the contracts are open-ended. Remuneration amounts to €1,340 per month net.
12 February 2018

The 2017 Report of the AlmaLaurea Interuniversity Consortium on the employment status of graduates, which involved 103,000 2011 second-level graduates five years after graduation, makes it possible to analyse which degrees are most popular in the Services sector and the characteristics of those who are employed in this area: type of work activity, salaries, effectiveness of the degree and use of skills.

Seventy-eight percent of 2011 two-year master's and single-cycle graduates employed after five years from graduation work in the Services sector.           
Overall, the sector is distinguished by a higher prevalence of female graduates (62%), most of the graduates are in the private sector (68%) and started working only after earning their degree (65%).

Forty-nine percent of those employed in the Services sector five years after graduation can count on a permanent employment contract, while 26% work on their own. In contrast, 17% have a non-standard contract, mainly fixed term. Furthermore, 18% of graduates have a part-time contract. Five years after receiving their degree, salaries for those working in the Services sector reach €1,340 per month net. Just over half of the graduates employed in Services state that they extensively use the skills acquired during their university studies (53%). In fact a university degree is required by law in 46% of cases, while the degree is considered "very effective or effective" for work by 64% of those employed.

This sector encompasses a wide range of branches, which in turn involve graduates with very diverse training and employment characteristics and performance. The branches with the highest concentration of graduates employed are: Education and research (16%), legal, administrative and accounting consulting (10%), healthcare (7%), credit and insurance and social and personal services (both 5%), public administration and IT (both 4%).


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