|Government statistics disguise the extent of graduate over-qualification in the UK according to the CIPD and the Edge Foundation. David Harbourne, Acting CE of the Edge Foundation, commented: “The same official statistics cited by the Universities Minister show that, after accounting for non-working graduates, around half of all 2011 graduates failed to get a graduate-level job within 3½ years of completing their degree. And this is an average figure: for people with arts, humanities and social science degrees, the situation is significantly worse. ….. In addition many of these ‘graduate level’ jobs in the official statistics can be accessed by people without degrees, who have vocational qualifications or who have worked their way up via an apprenticeship”.