What Do Graduates Do? 2018

What Do Graduates Do? is the result of a close collaboration between AGCAS and Prospects, on behalf of the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU). Published annually, it uses statistics drawn from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey to try and establish what graduates are doing six months after graduation.

The figures are compiled by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and used by HECSU to produce the tables and charts. Expert editorial commentary is provided by members of the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group in collaboration with members of the Prospects team.

The latest edition (2018) shows that the unemployment rate for graduates six months after leaving university fell to 5.1% – the lowest since 1977 when it was 4.9%.

Key findings:

  • 74.3% of graduates were in employment six months after graduating.
  • Only 5.1% were unemployed - the lowest rate since the 1979 survey.
  • 73.9% of employed graduates were in a professional-level job (up from 71.4%).
  • 21.5% of graduates went on to full- or part-time further study.
  • The average salary for graduates in full-time employment in the UK was £22,399.

The report found that employment increased from 74.2% to 76.6% (184,295) as 4,540 more graduates found jobs compared to last year. The proportion of employed graduates in professional-level roles also increased, from 71.4% to 73.9%.

What do Graduates Do? will be of interest to many different stakeholders, including HE careers and employability practitioners, employers, parents, schools, young adults, as well as those about to enter higher education.

View the 2017 report