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Second release of LEO data

The Government issued the second experimental release of government data on the earnings and employment outcomes of graduates on gov.uk on 1st December 2016.

This second LEO publication makes use of raw data and includes:

•       Employment, further study and earnings outcomes by subject studied (1, 3, 5 and 10 years after graduation)
•       Employment, further study and earnings outcomes of graduates 1, 3 and 5 years after graduation, split by ethnicity, gender, age, home region and prior attainment at A level.
•       Employment and further study outcomes by institution, and earnings for those who studied law by institution attended.

Future Development

Over time, the government envisage LEO will be one element in a range of information government and higher education bodies can provide to help people make the most informed choices about higher education courses.  

Andrew Whitmore, Co-Chair of the AGCAS Graduate Labour Market Sub-Committee commented:

"It is proposed that LEO data will provide potential applicants to higher education with added value by understanding more about the impact on destinations over time of studying certain subjects at different institutions. Because raw data is being used, more work is required to allow for meaningful interpretation and comparison. No doubt, many people will have concerns about how the data will be used in the future as well as how it  links to other data sets such as the new DLHE. Careers Services will be at the centre of discussions concerning LEO at many institutions and this is a chance for our collective feedback."

This release of the LEO data will not form part of the metrics in this year’s TEF assessment but, beyond this year, the Government has indicated its intention to look at options to develop and use LEO-based data within its measurement of employment metrics for future TEF assessments.

AGCAS have been asked by the Department of Education how careers services can make use of this data and have requested feedback on the development of the LEO data. If you would like to contribute to AGCAS feedback please contact Samantha Woodman by Friday 13th January 2017.


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Tags: LEO GLAM AGCAS Graduate Labour Market Sub Committee Department for Education Sector AGCAS

Created on: 12 December 2016

Last updated: 11 January 2017


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