Leading article: Job cheer

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So, graduates of 2005 have cause to cheer. A new survey shows an increase in salaries and vacancies for high-flying careers. The big question is whether that buoyancy continues throughout the marketplace, into jobs in small and medium-sized firms. There is no doubt that the survey is good news for savvy young people who can make themselves employable. It shows that it pays to go to university. But will it persuade more pupils to stay on at school and do A-levels, something that Bahram Bekhradnia says is essential if we are to achieve 50 per cent in higher education?