Students, keep doing that studenting

Your time is coming.

One of the overriding trends of the recession amongst graduates is simply to continue educating themselves, racking up masters and pHDs, putting off entering the market place in the hope things will eventually pick up.

Much has been written about what a bad idea this is, with entrepeneurs like Peter Thiel suggesting university is a bad investment in the first place.

But according to one study, the lifelong students are right. A study by  McKinsey has found that the next big employment trend will be a shortage in highly educated workers from advanced economies. Talent is predicted to be thin on the ground, as an 18 million shortfall in skilled workers is on its way.

Here's a graphic from McKinsey:

McKinsey

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Labour slumps to fourth place in North Hykeham and Sleaford by-election

Conservative candidate Caroline Johnson eased to victory as Labour tumbled from second to fourth place.

Caroline Johnson was elected as the Conservative MP for Sleaford and North Hykeham, while Labour slumped from second to fourth behind Ukip and the Liberal Democrats, who finished second and third respectively. The by-election was triggered by the resignation of Stephen Philips.

The seat, which has been safely Conservative since its creation, backed Brexit by a 20-point margin on 23 June. The Tory victory, with 53.5 per cent of the vote, is one of the party’s all-time best by-election performances while in government. 

Johnson won with 17,570 votes. In second was Ukip's Victoria Ayling, with 4,426 votes. Ross Pepper recieved 3,606 votes, while Labour's Jim Clarke got 3,363 votes.

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.