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Differences in employment outcomes

This report examines the early career employment outcomes of UK-domiciled students who qualified from a full-time, first degree course in the academic year 2008-09. It identifies differences in employment outcomes for different equality groups among those qualifying from publicly-funded English higher education institutions, and examines whether differences seen in a graduate's early career persist into the medium term.

Overall, the report finds that there is a substantial improvement in graduate outcomes between six and 40 months after leaving HE, and that differences in employment rates diminish. However, the report also finds that for some characteristics, and particularly in consideration of the professional employment rate, differences seen six months after leaving HE have not reduced by 40 months and instead have remained persistent or increased. In particular:

• Lower professional employment rates among disadvantaged students persist across their early careers. 

• Ethnic groups see differences in their professional employment rates widen.

• Similarities in the professional employment rates of male and female qualifiers diminish as careers develop, with a higher proportion of male qualifiers in professional employment or further study.

Author(s): Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE)

Production date: 2015

How to obtain: Download Differences in employment outcomes

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

Audiences: Academics, Careers practitioners , Students and graduates - all

Format: Web



Tags: graduate outcomes gender ethnicity employment outcomes diversity equality destinations destinations of leavers from higher education DLHE HEFCE

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