Young Londoners are ‘lost’ when it comes to top earning careers

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Young Londoners are ‘lost’ when it comes to top earning careers

A had revealed that London’s teenagers are snubbing traditional jobs to try and make a living out of social media or arts

These jobs are in high demand, the employees could be earning twice as much with a trade.

Research by education charity Edge Foundation reveals youngsters are wildly overestimating how much they can get from creative industries and underestimating the pay in sectors from electronics to engineering. 

The independent organisation found 61 per cent of school leavers claim salaries are the biggest deciding factor in future career choices, however this does not seem to be the case.

The survey showed that young Londoners are underestimating average wages in the creative industries like the arts or media, expecting the roles pay well over £30,000 a year when, in fact, the average salary is a much lower £21,600 a year.

Official government figures show the sector with the highest average annual salary is electricity and gas where median salaries are just under £38,000.

Edge Foundation CEO Jan Hodges said: "With the cost of education at an all-time high, future salaries are more important than ever to the majority of teens.

"But our research highlights a worrying gap in both theirs and their parents’ understanding around earnings.

"A skilled workforce is essential to the UK economy and high quality vocational routes need to be encouraged – not just for the personal fulfilment they bring but also the lucrative financial opportunities they offer."

Jan Hodges and Yazmin Galvez a young person looking for a job in this sector joined Headline London to discuss why this is an issue.

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