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Higher Education Graduate Outcomes Statistics: UK, 2017/18 - Salary and location of leavers in employment

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What were the salaries of graduates?

Figure 13 shows:

  • At an overall level, the £24,000-£26,999 band contains the highest proportion of graduates in full-time paid UK employment.
  • A higher proportion of females were earning more than males in bands under £27,000. The gap trend is even more apparent for undergraduates.
  • Following a similar trend, a higher proportion of those with a known disability were earning more than those with no known disability in bands under £27,000.
  • For all graduates, the pay band containing the most respondents for those aged 20 and under was £18,000-£20,999. For those aged 21 and older this was £24,000-£26,999 and for those aged 25 and over, £39,000+.
  • Graduates who are White outnumbered BME graduates in lower salary bands. However, there are more BME graduates than White graduates in salary bands between £27,000 and £35,999.

Figure 13 - Percentage of graduates in full-time paid employment in the UK by salary band and personal characteristics

Academic year 2017/18


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Figure 14 shows:

  • The subject with the largest difference between high skilled and low skilled median salary is engineering & technology at £10,000. This is followed by mathematical sciences and computer science; £9,000 and £8,500 respectively.
  • The subjects with the smallest difference in median salary across skill groups are creative arts & design, law and mass communications & documentation, these are £4,000.

Figure 14 - Median salary of UK domiciled full-time graduates who obtained first degree qualifications and entered full-time paid employment in the UK by subject area of degree and skill marker

Academic year 2017/18

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