Gap year travel is winning greater recognition from UK employers, according to a survey of UK business managers. Independent research, commissioned by international volunteering company Projects Abroad, has found that 60 percent of business managers believe that gap years are just as important or more important as a university degree when selecting candidates for interview. More than 250 managers across several industry sectors in the UK were asked to rate the importance of the gap year against a degree: less than half (44 per cent), cited the traditional university degree as more important than gap year travel and seven per cent were convinced that gap years are more crucial than a degree when looking for potential job applicants. “These findings serve as a real wake-up call to anyone who ever doubted the value of overseas gap year travel,” said Dr. Peter Slowe, founder and director of Projects Abroad. “To learn that gap year experiences hold an equal footing with employers alongside a degree, really shows just how far this once ‘off-the-wall’ concept has come, both in terms of its general credibility and an increased awareness across many professions and industries.” Managers in London and Northern Ireland were found to be the most accepting of gap year travel being as useful as a degree education, closely followed by the North West of England. Managers in the North East of England and Scotland would prefer the comfort of a degree than those with exposure to overseas travel.