What do graduates do?

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What do graduates do? presents findings from the Higher Education Statistics Agency's Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE). It examines first degree graduate destinations six months after they graduated. The publication is produced by HECSU and AGCAS.

Latest edition: September 2014

Employment prospects for 2012/13 first degree graduates dramatically improved compared to 2011/12 graduates. The proportion of graduates working in professional and managerial jobs in the UK had increased and the unemployment rate decreased from 8.5% to 7.3%. Read more about the outcomes of 2012/13 graduates from six subject areas covering 28 subjects. Find out more about how mature graduates do in the labour market in a new article.

Overview of 2014 destinations data

Of the 256,350 UK-domiciled graduates who responded to the survey:

  • 70% were in employment and 7.3% were unemployed
  • 5.6% were working and studying at the same time
  • 12.6% had continued with further study or training
  • Average salaries of graduates employed full-time in the UK ranged from £18,615 to £22,785, depending on their occupation.

Due to the methodological changes to HESA's DLHE survey we can only compare the 2012/13 graduate cohort with the 2011/12 cohort. However, comparisons haven't been made between the cohorts of computer science and IT graduates due to the change in the disciplines included for What do graduates do?. For more details about the DLHE survey see the HESA website and see more What do graduates do? for supporting information about the 2014 edition of What do graduates do?

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Graduate destinations by subject

Download information for individual subjects from What do graduates do? 2014. To help you interpret the data in the subject data pages, download the data explained pages.

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