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Employability in Context


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Employability in Context

Find out what we mean by employability at the University of Southampton, how the University makes decisions around employability and useful research and publications

Graduate Outcomes/DHLE and League Tables

Find out how we collect data that contributes to league table positioning, and where you can find detailed data

Labour Market Information

Key documents providing insight into the national and local labour market for graduates

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Graduate Outcomes/DLHE and League Tables

Graduate Outcomes is a national survey which gathers information about the activities and perspectives of graduates 15 months after they’ve finished their studies. Graduate Outcomes has replaced the previous Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE). Anyone who graduates after 1 August 2017 will be asked to complete the Graduate Outcomes survey.

  • Graduate Outcomes collects data from all leavers from Higher Education institutions including undergraduates, postgraduates, UK, EU and international students
  • The data, specifically the ‘positive destinations’ figure (which indicates those in graduate level roles, or graduate level further study) contributes to league table positioning
  • Published data specifically reflects the outcomes of graduates from the UK, who studied full time at undergraduate level
  • Of this group, we heard from 83% of graduates this year (DLHE 2016/17); 96%* were either employed or in further study
  • Our positive destinations figure was 80% (based on the Guardian league table methodology)
  • Full comparative data from previous DLHE surveys can be found in Qlikview. Graduate Outcomes 2017/18 data should be available from 2020.

When undertaking comparison with other universities, the University of Southampton draws on data from the Guardian University League tables.

*This figure excludes graduates who stated that they were doing something else like travelling, caring for family members or due to commence employment

Labour Market Information

The following key documents give a good insight into the national and local labour market for graduates.

  1. Graduate Labour Market Statistics, April 2019. Published annually by the Department for Education. This publication gives a detailed picture of employment rates over time for various occupations and sectors. Information is further analysed by factors such as age, disability, ethnicity and gender.
  2. What do Graduates Do? 2018/19 (HECSU). Summarises destinations 6 months post-graduation by degree subject areas. Includes helpful summary data about the current labour market for graduates.
  3. The Graduate Market in 2019, produced by Highfliers. This gives an annual review of graduate vacancies and starting salaries at some of Britain’s leading employers.
  4. Prospects Luminate provides topical articles and information about the graduate labour market.
  5. The Office for National Statistics produces regional and local authority breakdowns of changes in UK employment and unemployment.

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