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Tax Increase & University Fees Creates Impact on Gap Years

Thursday 7th July 2011

Mixed media messages about gap year opportunities

The Telegraph has reported that 1 in 3 students will miss out on a university place this year due to the race to secure a place before higher fees come into force. University fees are set to triple in some cases, meaning that many poorer students will find it extremely difficult to embark on their desired degree.

According to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas), demand among English students, who will be hit hardest by the rise in fees, is particularly high. Many students are believed to be abandoning their plans for a gap year to move straight into higher education. However many of the applications this year are also from students who were rejected last year, pushing the numbers up even higher. The National Union of Students warned that “many well-qualified applicants look set to have the door slammed in their faces again”.

Despite this negative news for university candidates, the prospects for gap year travellers are looking better. According to Target Jobs.co.uk many retail outlets are now more likley to offer temporary work nmext year: "Almost half of retailers are planning on creating more jobs in 2011 – heartening news for graduates who are looking for a graduate vacancy or a temp job to tide them over during their gap year. According to a survey by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), 47% of retailers are expecting to create more jobs."