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The survey design: Core questions

Thinking about last week, the week starting [CENSUS WEEK], what activities were you doing?

  All activities Most important
Working
Studying
Travelling
Caring for someone
Retired
Unemployed
Doing something else

Mandatory. Short name: ACTIVITY

Commentary

  • Question simplified to align with good survey practice.

Have you started up a business, or developed a professional portfolio?

Mandatory. Short name: BUSPORT

Commentary

  • This information allows providers to better understand the entrepreneur profile of their graduates, which links to the recommendations from the Council for Science and Technology.

Are you contracted to start work or due to start a course in the next month?

Mandatory. Short name: CONSTART

Commentary

  • • These will be treated as in employment/further study in onward use of the data.

Were you [working/studying] full time or part time?

Mandatory. Short name: INTENSITY

Commentary

  • Responses to the consultation stated that there are low levels of interest in knowing number of hours, and a full time/part time split should be sufficient
  • Given complexities in defining what is full time and part time work, graduates will be able to self-evaluate full time or part time. Guidance will be provided where graduates seek definitions.

Which of the following best describes the type of qualification you were aiming for?

Mandatory. Short name: TYPEQUAL

Commentary

  • Retained from DLHE to enable the calculation of performance indicators where data cannot be linked.

What is the name of the university or college at which you were registered?

Indicative list of providers suggested here.

 

Mandatory. Short name: UCNAME

Commentary

  • Retained from DLHE to support linked study data.

Were you working one or more job?

Optional. Short name: MULTJOB

Commentary

  • Consultation provided evidence that the number of jobs a graduate is doing is not widely used

For the following questions, please provide details of what you consider to be your MAIN job. Your main job might be the one that you spend the most time doing, the one which pays you the most money or is related to your future plans.

What was your job title?

 

Mandatory. Short name: JOBTITLE

Commentary

  • Retained from DLHE
  • Used for SOC coding – details of approach to SOC coding are available in the methodological model

What did you mainly do in your job?

Mandatory. Short name: JOBDUTIES

Commentary

  • Retained from DLHE
  • Used for SOC coding – details of approach to SOC coding are available in the methodological model

Were you working as an employee or self-employed?

Mandatory. Short name: SELFEMP

Commentary

  • The ONS set a list of questions to be asked in order to establish a National Statistics – Socio-economic Classification (NS-SEC). We reviewed these and established that only four simple questions would need to be added to collect NS-SEC, and these additional questions would add other benefits e.g. evidence of those who are self-employed, further organisation details.
  • Responses to the consultation stated that the NewDLHE survey needs to become accessible for self-employed graduates

Were you working on your own or did you have employees?

Mandatory. Short name: OWNEMP

Commentary

  • The ONS set a list of questions to be asked in order to establish a NS-SEC. We reviewed these and established that only four simple questions would need to be added to collect NS-SEC, and these additional questions would add other benefits e.g. evidence of those who are self-employed, further organisation details.

Were you responsible for supervising anyone?

Mandatory. Short name: SUPERVISE

Commentary

  • The ONS set a list of questions to be asked in order to establish a NS-SEC. We reviewed these and established that only four simple questions would need to be added to collect NS-SEC, and these additional questions would add other benefits e.g. evidence of those who are self-employed, further organisation details.

Which of the following best describes the basis on which you were employed?

Mandatory. Short name: EMPBASIS

Commentary

  • Retained from DLHE to identify type of contract.

What is the name of the company/organisation that you were working for?

 

Mandatory. Short name: COMPNAME

Commentary

  • Retained from DLHE
  • Used for SIC coding

What does the company/organisation you were working for mainly do?

Mandatory. Short name: COMPDUTIES

Commentary

  • Retained from DLHE
  • Used for SIC coding.

Where was your place of work and, if in the UK, what was the postcode?

 
 


Mandatory. Short name: COMPLOC

Commentary

  • Postcode not mandatory for self-employed/starting up a business
  • Retained from DLHE
  • Used for SIC coding

What was your companies house number?

 

Optional. Short name: COMPHOUSE

Commentary

  • This information allows providers to better understand the entrepreneur profile of their graduates, which links to the recommendations from the Council for Science and Technology
  • The responses to the consultation show strong interest in collecting more information on entrepreneurs

What was your company’s website?

 

Optional. Short name: COMPURL

Commentary

  • This information allows providers to better understand the entrepreneur profile of their graduates, which links to the recommendations from the Council for Science and Technology
  • This data would only be supplied to HE providers
  • The responses to the consultation show strong interest in collecting more information on entrepreneurs

How was your business or company funded?

Optional. Short name: COMPFUND

Commentary

  • This information allows providers to better understand the entrepreneur profile of their graduates, which links to the recommendations from the Council for Science and Technology
  • The responses to the consultation show strong interest in collecting more information on entrepreneurs

Did you need the qualification to get the job?

Optional. Short name: QUALNEED

Commentary

  • Retained from DLHE to provide another measure of whether a job is ‘graduate level’
  • DLHE asks a follow on question to graduates ‘What was most important to your employer about this qualification?’ This has been removed, as it is poor survey practice to ask respondents to make assumptions about the opinion of others.

Why did you decide to take up your job?

Optional. Short name: JOBREASON

Commentary

  • Retained from DLHE
  • Contextual data for widening participation

How did you first find out about this job?

Optional. Short name: JOBFIND

Commentary

  • Retained from DLHE

Have you worked for your employer/in your business for 12 months or more?

Mandatory. Short name: EMPYEAR

Commentary

  • This information will contextualise the LEO data, which provides salary over the course of a year
  • This provides information on career history for early destinations

How many months have you worked for your employer/in your business?

Mandatory. Short name: EMPMONTH

Commentary

  • This information will contextualise the LEO data, which provides salary over the course of a year
  • This provides information on career history for early destinations.

Approximately how many years have you worked for your employer/in your business? (rounded to the nearest year)

 

Mandatory. Short name: YEARWORK

Commentary

  • This information will contextualise the LEO data, which provides salary over the course of a year
  • This provides information on career history for early destinations

Is this your first full-time job since you graduated?

Mandatory. Short name: FIRSTJOB

Commentary

  • This provides information on career history for early destinations

Have you been employed in the last 12 months?

Mandatory. Short name: PREVEMP

Commentary

  • This information will contextualise the LEO data, which provides salary over the course of a year
  • This provides information on career history for early destinations

Have you undertaken further study in the last 12 months?

Mandatory. Short name: FURSTU

Commentary

  • Ensures all information about further study is captured

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement: My current activity fits with my future plans

Mandatory. Short name: ONTRACK

Commentary

  • Responses from the consultation stated the demand to allow graduates to self-evaluate measures of success.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement: My current activity is meaningful and important to me

Mandatory. Short name: MEANINGFUL

Commentary

  • The commissioned research report on ‘What do good outcomes from HE look like?’ provides evidence that graduates look for work which they would classify as meaningful (pg. 33)
  • Responses from the consultation stated the demand to allow graduates to self-evaluate measures of success.

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement: I am using what I learned during my studies in my current activity

Mandatory. Short name: SKILLS

Commentary

  • Introducing a measure of skills was supported in the consultation, but the proposal to ask graduates questions about specific skills was rejected as being too complex and burdensome to complete
  • IFF research have been able to track questions where graduates drop out of the Longitudinal DLHE survey, and have found that grid questions often lead people to drop out
  • Similarly it was agreed that asking a question which split out skills, attributes and behaviours would be difficult to understand, therefore the question has been phrased to allow graduates to draw their own conclusions on this.