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Why are non-university graduates still being paid so much less than university grads?

Degree holders continue to command much higher pay than non-degree holders. If not addressed, this can lead to jobs mismatch, resentment and social fragmentation.

Up till today, degree holders continue to command a wage premium. PHOTO: ST FILE
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SINGAPORE - The debate has raged for years: Do non-university graduates have significantly poorer prospects for career and salary progression than university graduates? If so, can the gap be narrowed?

Bear in mind that there has been no shortage of efforts to give non-university graduates a leg-up.

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