Job listings that don't require applicants to have a college degree are surging, with recruiters prioritizing skills over formal education, LinkedIn survey finds

  • Job adverts that don't list a degree requirement have increased by 90% in the UK, LinkedIn says.
  • Recruiters are focusing more on skills-based hiring rather than degrees or qualifications. 
  • Major firms including IBM, Google, and Tesla are hiring more based on skills over qualifications. 

New graduates are in for some bad news as recruiters shift focus from degrees and qualifications to skills-based hiring, new LinkedIn data finds. 

There was a 90% increase in the number of UK job adverts that didn't list having a degree as a requirement between 2021 and 2022, according to LinkedIn findings shared with Insider.

Additionally, globally recruiters are increasingly likely to search for candidates based on skills rather than degrees, according to LinkedIn's Future of Recruiting report 2023, which found that 20% of jobs listed in the US do not require a four-year degree, up from around 15% in 2021.




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