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Employment of leavers: UK Performance Indicators 2016/17

UK Performance Indicators: Employment of Leavers

View the summary employment of leavers tables and charts

The purpose of the indicators is to provide an objective measure of how the UK higher education (HE) sector is performing.

We have conducted a major review of the data we collect about the destinations and outcomes of graduates. This has led to the formulation of the new Graduate Outcomes survey which will provide more comprehensive data that reflects recent changes in the HE sector and the graduate labour market. The first Graduate Outcomes data is due to be published in spring 2020. The final output of employment of leavers UK Performance Indicators using DLHE data was published in 2018.

Employment of leavers (Table series E1)

The employment indicator is based on the Destinations of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) survey and expresses the number of UK domiciled undergraduate leavers who say they are working or studying (or both) as a percentage of all those who are working or studying or seeking work. All other categories are excluded from this indicator. 

Our employment of leavers Performance Indicators gather information about leavers who say they are working or studying (or both) six months after completing their studies. The main tables provide a breakdown of the figures by level and mode of study for each HE provider. It also includes the response rates of the DLHE survey. Indicators for HE providers with relatively small populations or relatively low response rates should be treated with caution.

Table E1 – Employment of leavers

UK domiciled undergraduate leavers 2015/16 - 2016/17



Please note 'Other activity (%)' is a contextual statistic, calculated by dividing the number in derived activity category 09 by the number of respondents (see benchmarks for a full list of derived activity categories).

Where the response rate for a HE provider is less than 85% of the target response rate (68.0% for full-time first degree, 59.5% for part-time first degree and full and part-time other undergraduate), data has been suppressed and represented as a blank cell. Data for these HE providers have been excluded from all indicator and benchmark calculations.

This table is based on a different population from the other UK Performance Indicator tables and has benchmarks that take into account a wider range of factors than those for the other indicators, please see benchmark document for more details.

Due to changes to the DLHE questionnaire in 2011/12 and hence changes to the derivation of the activity categories, the employment indicator for 2011/12 onwards is not strictly comparable with the indicator prior to 2011/12. Please refer to the definitions document for further details.

From 2011/12, the DLHE population was extended to include leavers with additional qualifications. The only undergraduate qualifications excluded from the DLHE population from 2011/12 are: Intercalated degrees; Awards for visiting students; Post-registration health and social care awards; Professional qualifications for serving schoolteachers and Awards of credit. Please see the DLHE collection 2011/12 for more details.

The supplementary table (EL1) below provides some background information and context figures for the sector used in the derivation of the benchmarks.


Table EL1 - Employment rates by level of qualification and mode of qualification

UK domiciled undergraduate leavers 2015/16 - 2016/17