HESA publishes first destinations data 1998/99
The fifth annual publication of the reference volume First Destinations of Students Leaving Higher Education Institutions 1998/99 is released today by HESA.
According to these most recent statistics available from HESA, 66% of higher education qualifiers whose destination was known entered employment in 1999, compared with 63% in 1998. A further 20% were continuing their education or training. The proportion of leavers assumed unemployed remained at 5%. Of the 158,521 UK domiciled qualifiers who entered employment, 36% were employed in ‘professional occupations’.
Other key points
- 19% of UK domiciled first degree graduates were reported to be undertaking further study or training.
- Over half of those obtaining qualifications at other undergraduate level were working in the health and social work sector – 91% of these held professional and technical positions.
- 7% of male and 4% of female UK domiciled postgraduate level qualifiers aged 25 and over were working overseas.
- Females were more likely to obtain employment than males, particularly at the other undergraduate level where 62% of home domiciled females were working in the UK compared with 39% of home domiciled males.
- Of the UK domiciled female first degree qualifiers who went on to further study or training, 52% were studying postgraduate diploma and certificate courses (such as PGCEs) or taking professional training.
Notes for editors
- The Reference Volume First Destinations of Students Leaving Higher Education Institutions 1998/99 provides a statistical reference of the first destinations of students leaving Higher Education in the UK for 1998/99.
- The HESA FDS Target Population 1998/99 includes all students obtaining relevant qualifications during the period 1 August 1998 and 31 July 1999, whose study was primarily full-time (which includes full-time and sandwich student modes plus those writing up theses).
- There were 259,749 respondents to HESA’s First Destinations Return 1998/99 out of a possible 326,824, a response rate of 79.5%. This is lower than in 1997/98 due to data quality improvements which ensure that overseas students cannot by default be reported as returning overseas.
- The Reference Volume is available, price £32, from the Customer Services Team, HESA Services Ltd., 95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ; telephone: 01242 255577. An electronic version on disk is available, price £35 + VAT. A list of other publications is also available from the Customer Services Team.
- HESA cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived from the data by third parties.
- Press Enquiries should be directed to the Data Provision Team at HESA, 95 Promenade, Cheltenham, GL50 1HZ; telephone: 01242 211133. Other enquiries about HESA data should be addressed to the Data Provision Team at the same address.