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Thursday 4
July 2013

2011/12 Performance Indicators - Employment of Graduates

Indicators for employment of leavers are published today on the HESA website at

The full tables show the indicators for every HE institution in the UK alongside their benchmark. Summary tables showing statistics for the whole UK can be found here:

Full-time first degree leavers - Download the table

Overall, 90.8% of full-time first degree leavers were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating.

The statistics are based on the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey of 2011/12 graduates. The survey was changed for 2011/12 so the results are not comparable with those for previous years (more information). 

Out of 163 UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) who conducted the survey, indicators for full-time first degree leavers were produced for 151, with an average rate of 91.1% in employment and/or further study. The employment rates for institutions varied from 77.4% to 100.0%.

The majority of institutions saw 90-95% of full-time first degree leavers enter employment and/or further study. 18 HEIs achieved an indicator of over 95%. The graph below shows the number of institutions achieving different levels of performance indicator percentage.

The number of HEIs by performance indicator (in 5% bands)

The source of these numbers is Table E1a in the Performance Indicators for 2011/12, which shows the indicator for each institution and their benchmark. This table, and equivalent ones for part-time graduates and other non-degree undergraduates, can be downloaded from

Also published today are indicators for research output including the number of PhDs awarded relative to an institution's academic staff costs. These indicators can be found at

Notes for Editors

  1. Press enquiries should be directed to:
  2. Technical enquiries should be directed to:
  3. The Guide to PIs explains what the Performance Indicators are, and why they are produced.
  4. Percentage calculations in the Performance Indicators are based on leavers who completed the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey. Definitions for the employment indicators can be found here:
  5. The PI tables include a Benchmark for each institution. This is a sector average adjusted for the type of institution in question. The benchmarks are not government targets or quotas. See the Guide to PIs for more information, or the Benchmarks page for full technical details.
  6. The Performance Indicators are defined and specified by the Performance Indicators Steering Group (PISG). Questions about PISG should be addressed to the HEFCE Press Office on 0117 9317363.