Dr Neil Bentley, CBI deputy director-general, highlighted the fact that more students are choosing to study maths and the sciences at A-level as a sign that young people are responding to the needs of the country's businesses.
However, he stressed that there is already a skills gap emerging in this area, with over 40 per cent of companies saying they are having difficulty recruiting people with science, technology, engineering and maths skills.
He added: "Those young people who choose to study degrees can be confident that businesses need their skills. CBI research shows that by 2017, 56% more jobs will require people to hold a graduate-level qualification."
Overall, A-level maths entries have risen by 40.2 per cent over the past five years, making it the second most popular subject at A-level.
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