Destinations of full-time first degree graduates

 

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Tuesday 30
July 2013

What graduates did next

HESA publication 'Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Institutions 2011/12' released 


The publication, released on Tuesday 30 July 2013, provides extensive coverage of the 2011/12 DLHE survey. The online introduction includes a variety of graphs and tables displaying the survey results.

The survey was enhanced for 2011/12 leavers from higher education to capture more detail about what they were doing six months after graduation. Survey respondents were able to report all the activities they were engaged in, and to report which one was the most important to them.

The tree map below shows the most important activities of graduates from full-time first degree courses according to their own assessment. The area of each box indicates the relative proportion of leavers in that activity.



Details

Details which were not previously included in the survey included the proportion of graduates on internships (2.0%) and starting their own business (0.5%). The table below shows the figures on which the graphic is based.

Most important activities of full-time first degree leavers 2011/12
Most important activity/detail No. of respondents % of total
Working 159010 68.5%
   On a permanent or open-ended contract 88145 38.0%
   On a fixed-term contract 41845 18.0%
   Self-employed/freelance 7165 3.1%
   Temping (including supply teaching) 6700 2.9%
   On an internship 4580 2.0%
   Voluntary work 3090 1.3%
   Starting up own business 1120 0.5%
   Other/unknown 6365 2.7%
Studying 41435 17.9%
   Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc) 19765 8.5%
   Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE) 8665 3.7%
   Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil) 4385 1.9%
   Professional qualification 4085 1.8%
   Other/Not aiming for formal qualification[6] 4540 2.0%
Unemployed 21010 9.1%
   Unemployed and looking for work
18315 7.9%
   Due to start a job in the next month
2690 1.2%
Other 10660 4.6%
   Taking time out in order to travel 6630 2.9%
   Something else 4030 1.7%
Total 232110  
Source: HESA DLHE record 2011/12

Destinations publication

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Institutions 2011/12 provides detailed information on the activities of students 6 months after leaving higher education. The 51 tables in the publication (see contents list) include activity and employment breakdowns by:

  • Institution
  • Level and mode of qualification
  • Gender
  • Age
  • Disability
  • Ethnicity
  • Class of first degree
  • Subject of study
  • Occupation
  • Industry
  • Location of employment
  • Salary

Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Institutions 2011/12 is available to purchase now from www.hesa.ac.uk/pubs/dlhe

The free online introduction to the publication includes sector level tables and charts covering various aspects of the survey results.

More results of the 2011/12 DLHE survey can be found here: www.hesa.ac.uk/stats-dlhe

Notes for Editors

  1. Press enquiries should be directed to:

    Simon Kemp
    HESA Press Officer
    01242 211120
    pressoffice@hesa.ac.uk
    95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ.

  2. In the above data 0, 1, 2 are rounded to 0. All other numbers are rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of 5. Percentages are calculated on un-rounded numbers.

  3. Details about the HESA Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, including the full survey questionnaire, can be found via this web page: www.hesa.ac.uk/C11018

  4. The data tables above relate to all UK HE institutions. Figures for the individual nations of the UK are available below [England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland].

  5. Definitions of the terms used in this press release can be found here: www.hesa.ac.uk/content/view/2916

  6. Other qualification aims include First degree (e.g. BA, BSc, MEng etc.), Other diploma or certificate, Other qualification, Not aiming for a formal qualification.

  7. HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.

Ends

Annex - equivalent tables for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

England

Most important activities of full-time first degree leavers from HEIs in England 2011/12
Most important activity/detail No. of respondents % of total
Working 131345 68.6%
   On a permanent or open-ended contract 73365 38.3%
   On a fixed-term contract 33335 17.4%
   Self-employed/freelance 6330 3.3%
   Temping (including supply teaching) 5630 2.9%
   On an internship 4060 2.1%
   Voluntary work 2710 1.4%
   Starting up own business 955 0.5%
   Other/unknown 4960 2.6%
Studying 33420 17.4%
   Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc) 15855 8.3%
   Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE) 7025 3.7%
   Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil) 3505 1.8%
   Professional qualification 3595 1.9%
   Other/Not aiming for formal qualification[6] 3435 1.8%
Unemployed 17850 9.3%
   Unemployed and looking for work 15570 8.1%
   Due to start a job in the next month 2280 1.2%
Other 8950 4.7%
   Taking time out in order to travel 5485 2.9%
   Something else 3465 1.8%
Total 191565  
Source: HESA DLHE record 2011/12

Wales

Most important activities of full-time first degree leavers from HEIs in Wales 2011/12
Most important activity/detail No. of respondents % of total
Working 9360 66.3%
   On a permanent or open-ended contract 5030 35.6%
   On a fixed-term contract 2730 19.3%
   Self-employed/freelance 345 2.4%
   Temping (including supply teaching) 480 3.4%
   On an internship 155 1.1%
   Voluntary work 185 1.3%
   Starting up own business 65 0.4%
   Other/unknown 370 2.6%
Studying 2970 21.0%
   Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc) 1500 10.6%
   Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE) 715 5.1%
   Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil) 230 1.6%
   Professional qualification 225 1.6%
   Other/Not aiming for formal qualification[6] 300 2.1%
Unemployed 1175 8.3%
   Unemployed and looking for work 995 7.0%
   Due to start a job in the next month 180 1.3%
Other 620 4.4%
   Taking time out in order to travel 380 2.7%
   Something else 240 1.7%
Total 14125  
Source: HESA DLHE record 2011/12

Scotland

Most important activities of full-time first degree leavers from HEIs in Scotland 2011/12
Most important activity/detail No. of respondents % of total
Working 13725 68.7%
   On a permanent or open-ended contract 7200 36.0%
   On a fixed-term contract 4435 22.2%
   Self-employed/freelance 400 2.0%
   Temping (including supply teaching) 325 1.6%
   On an internship 260 1.3%
   Voluntary work 155 0.8%
   Starting up own business 85 0.4%
   Other/unknown 855 4.3%
Studying 4015 20.1%
   Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc) 1900 9.5%
   Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE) 665 3.3%
   Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil) 540 2.7%
   Professional qualification 230 1.1%
   Other/Not aiming for formal qualification[6] 680 3.4%
Unemployed 1390 7.0%
   Unemployed and looking for work 1225 6.1%
   Due to start a job in the next month 165 0.8%
Other 845 4.2%
   Taking time out in order to travel 575 2.9%
   Something else 270 1.3%
Total 19975  
Source: HESA DLHE record 2011/12

Northern Ireland

Most important activities of full-time first degree leavers from HEIs in Northern Ireland 2011/12
Most important activity/detail No. of respondents % of total
Working 4580 71.0%
   On a permanent or open-ended contract 2555 39.6%
   On a fixed-term contract 1345 20.8%
   Self-employed/freelance 85 1.3%
   Temping (including supply teaching) 260 4.0%
   On an internship 100 1.6%
   Voluntary work 40 0.6%
   Starting up own business 15 0.3%
   Other/unknown 180 2.8%
Studying 1030 16.0%
   Higher degree, mainly by taught course (e.g. MA, MSc) 505 7.8%
   Postgraduate diploma or certificate (including PGCE) 255 3.9%
   Higher degree, mainly by research (e.g. PhD, DPhil, MPhil) 110 1.7%
   Professional qualification 35 0.5%
   Other/Not aiming for formal qualification[6] 125 2.0%
Unemployed 590 9.2%
   Unemployed and looking for work 525 8.2%
   Due to start a job in the next month 65 1.0%
Other 245 3.8%
   Taking time out in order to travel 195 3.0%
   Something else 55 0.8%
Total 6450  
Source: HESA DLHE record 2011/12