Capital enjoys lion's share of graduate jobs in business, finance, the arts and marketing, claims higher education study

More than a fifth of all graduates in the UK begin their careers in the capital, London, new research into graduate work has shown.

A study by the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU) showed that many of those who begin work in London up to six months after graduation are employed in Westminster or the City. More than 50% of people who found employment in these areas had jobs in business and finance sectors.

Westminster was also a hotspot for marketing and advertising jobs, along with north Camden.

Surrey, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Manchester were also up there among the best places for marketing and advertising graduates to get work, while those who studied science were more likely to find employment in Oxfordshire or Cambridgeshire.

The most common place for engineering specialists to find a job was North Sea oil capital Aberdeen, followed by Warwickshire, Surrey and Derby.

Some areas of the UK were found to have a relatively strong labour market, with a range of jobs across all sectors in major cities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds and Edinburgh - as well as London.

Some areas in the affluent south were also robust recruitment areas, such as Hampshire, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.

In the public and private sector, health, education and social care jobs were spread out across the UK, and - outside London - arts-based jobs were concentrated in Merseyside, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Manchester, Kent, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

However, the HECSU study pointed out that not all areas enjoyed an even spread.

Just 3.8% of UK graduates found work in the North East, compared to 12.5% in the South East, with rates of just 4.7% in Wales and 3% in Northern Ireland.

A total of 11% of graduates found work in the North West, with 7.5% in Yorkshire and the Humber, 7.8% in Scotland, 7.7% in the West Midlands, 6.1% in the East Midlands and 7.5% in the South West. The study pointed out that it was clear from the breakdown that "jobs are not spread equally around the whole country".

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