What do graduates do?

A broadly encouraging picture of UK graduate recruitment was painted by the latest annual statistics on graduate destinations, released yesterday (Wednesday 21st Oct). What Do Graduates Do? 2015  analyses the results of a survey carried out in January 2015 on people who graduated the previous summer.*

It shows a higher percentage of graduates entering professional level jobs, and graduate unemployment levels falling to levels last seen before the 2008 recession, which is good news, particularly after all the negative stories reported in the media about graduate unemployment over the past few years.

Of the 267,735 UK graduates who responded to the survey:

  • 71.2% were in employment and  6.3% were unemployed
  • Average salaries of graduates employed full-time in the UK was £20,637.
  • 5.5% were working and studying at the same time
  • 12.1% had continued with further study or training

The report also includes valuable insights, features and analysis by some of our colleagues who are members of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) – the professional body that represents university careers services. Data pages for individual subjects also include examples of further study courses, job titles and employers if you’re interested in exploring this in more detail for your subject area.

What about Edinburgh graduates?

If you’d like to find out about Edinburgh graduates then look no further than our website!  We have details of the survey findings for University of Edinburgh graduates which we’ve broken down by College and School and you’ll find reports for individual degree programmes which list examples of job titles, employers and further study courses.

Start on our overview page and then browse by College and School


* Higher Education Statistics Agency’s Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey. This research depends on your response to this annual survey, so do please respond when the time comes!

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