An AMP-NATSEM report on migration released today included this figure on a long-term theme of mine, the employment outcomes of graduates:
In response to my claims that over-qualification is significant among graduates, Bob Birrell has said that the figures are distorted by the large number of over-qualified migrants. The numbers in this figure shows that this is a factor for migrants from non-English speaking countries.
However there is still about 20% over-qualification for mature workers from English-speaking backgrounds. As observed in previous discussions of this topic, there is room for debate about how serious the 20% figure is, given some will be voluntary and some temporary.
Research has shown that level of English proficiency is the biggest factor explaining differences in migrant outcomes, which explains the heavy emphasis given to it in the new points test.