Students with paid jobs
On EUROSTUDENT average, slightly more than half of all students (51 %) pursue paid jobs during the lecture period. Around a third does so regularly, while 16 % of students pursue occasional paid jobs during term time. When taking the lecture-free period into account, around 70 % of students pursue paid work; data further show that around 20 % of students take up paid jobs only during the lecture-free period. Students with paid jobs during the lecture period tend to be employed in the lecture-free period as well. However, across countries, large variations can be found.
With students’ age, the share of students with paid jobs during the lecture period tends to increase; the average share of students with paid jobs during the lecture period is more than three times as large among students who are older than 30 years compared to students who are younger than 22 years (65 % vs. 20 %).
Working in order to afford studies
On average across EUROSTUDENT countries, half of the students who work during the lecture period (totally) agree that they would not be able to study without their paid jobs. But cross-country differences are large: from about a third of students up to three quarters of students state that they could not afford to be a student without their jobs. Further analyses indicate that the need to engage in paid work seems be highly dependent on the main income source of students and on the financial status of students’ parents. Students dependent on self-earned income state to the largest extent that they could not afford to be a student without paid work (61 %). And, compared to their peers who rate their parents to be averagely or (very) well-off, students who rate their parents to be less well-off most often indicate having to work: two thirds (65 %) of these students report a need for gainful employment in order to be able to afford their studies.
More detailed EUROSTUDENT VI results and analyses can be found in:
- EUROSTUDENT VI Synopsis of Indicators
- EUROSTUDENT VI Overview and selected findings
- EUROSTUDENT Database