73.6% of full-time HE leavers enter employment
Destinations of Leavers from HE 2004/05
Of the 258,420 full-time leavers who completed HESA’s Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 73.6 per cent (73.6 per cent in 2003/04) had found employment. The number of leavers who were undertaking further study was 60,960 or 23.6 per cent (23.9 per cent). Of these, 21,750 were working whilst studying; this figure is included within the above employment figure. 15,385 or 6.0 per cent (5.9 per cent) were assumed to be unemployed.
The data is published in the Higher Education Statistics Agency’s latest publication Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, 2004/05, released this week.
Among UK domiciled qualifiers from full-time first degree programmes, the highest proportions of those working were in medicine & dentistry, subjects allied to medicine, veterinary science and education, all above 80%. The highest proportions of those studying were in law, at over 50%, and mathematical sciences, physical sciences, and historical & philosophical studies, all above 30%. Computer science had the highest unemployment rate, at just under 11%, and creative arts & design, and engineering & technology were both above 8%. Hardly any medicine & dentistry qualifiers were unemployed and the rates in subjects allied to medicine, education and veterinary science were around 3%. The figures for medicine & dentistry should be interpreted in the light of the fact that these are quota-controlled subjects.
Of those respondents achieving Qualified Teacher Status or the equivalent, 90.4% (89.1%) were employed as teachers, and a further 4.5% (4.7%) were seeking a teaching post. Of those known to be in a teaching post, 88.2% (88.0%) were teaching solely in the maintained (state) sector.
Using the Standard Occupational Classification HESA also looked at the jobs that UK domiciled leavers enter. The majority of female full-time first degree leavers entered Associate professional and technical occupations (23,790 in 2004/05, 22,205 in 2003/04) followed by Professional occupations (17,840, 18,000). Most males entered Professional occupations (15,550, 15,200) and Associate professional and technical occupations (14,825, 13,905).
For UK domiciled, first degree leavers who studied full-time, the industrial category employing the largest number of Managers and senior officials (2,525 in 2004/05, 2,845 in 2003/04) was ‘Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and personal and household goods’. This data uses the Standard Industrial Classification of the leavers’ employer against occupation type. The Education sector employed the most leavers in Professional occupations (8,980, 9,540) and Health and social work employed the most in Associate professional and technical occupations (10,330, 9,595).
The table below shows the distribution, by £5,000 bands, of salaries reported by qualifiers from first degree programmes who entered or continued in full-time UK employment.
The median salary for female and male qualifiers from full-time first degree programmes differed by only £1,000 but the high-paying jobs tended to go to males. For qualifiers from part-time programmes the distributions were quite different, with males not only having a substantially higher median salary, but also a very much larger proportion in the highest category.
|UK domiciled leavers who obtained first degree qualifications and entered or continued in full-time UK employment by salary band, mode of study and gender 2004/05|
|In this table 0, 1, 2 are rounded to 0. All other numbers are rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of 5.|
|The median salary is rounded to the nearest thousand.|
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