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Economics Graduates' Skills and Employability: Final study report

This report, based on an employers' survey and interviews, explores the graduate skills of economics graduates. The main focus of the survey was on employers currently employing economics graduates, both as economists and in related roles.

The report was conceived following an event held in February 2012, hosted by the Government Economic Service (GES) and the Bank of England (BoE), which explored economics teaching and learning in UK universities in the wake of the financial crisis. In particular, the discussion focused on the challenges faced by higher education institutions and the changes they need to implement in order to produce economics graduates who are fit for purpose.

As a follow up to this event, the Economics Network (EN) agreed to survey and interview employers, with the purpose of exploring graduate skills. The survey was partially funded by the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and is part of an ongoing research project into the effectiveness of learning and teaching economics in HE (a previous employers' survey was conducted by the EN in 2007). The results of all the surveys that make up this project are available on the Economics Network website.

The report includes an analysis of the 54 individual responses received, plus a summary of the GES chief economists' responses and the 17 responses to supplementary questions from GES assessors of economics graduate applicants. Employers were from central government, consultancy, charity, research and finance advisory sectors.

To ensure a wide range of opinions were included in the survey, the EN secured the help of AGCAS and the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), as well as participants of the GES-BoE conference to promote the survey. It was run online on Bristol Online Survey (BOS) from 26 March to 16 of July 2012.

Author(s): Dr Inna Pomorina, University of Bristol

Other Publishers: The Economics Network

Production date: 2012

How to obtain: Download Economics Graduates' Skills and Employability: Final study report

Communities: Graduate Labour Market (GLaM), Employability, Careers Advice and Guidance

Audiences: Academics, Careers practitioners , Employers

Format: Web



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