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The Destinations of Post Graduate Leavers From Higher Education 2014: Executive Summary

Association of Graduate Recruiters Comments

“The AGR’s headline data reports a healthy market for graduate job seekers. For three years in a row the number of graduate vacancies has increased; this year, AGR employers are predicting an overall rise of 11.9%. The highest growth sectors are IT, Telecoms and construction, all reporting a 20% plus increase in planned hiring. But the graduate market is not one homogenous whole, it’s a series of distinct labour markets with different traits. Vacancies in the FMCG sector, for example, are flat this year.

And the healthy headlines hide the dysfunctions in the graduate market. In 2014, nearly 50% of AGR employers didn’t fill their vacancies. That’s 1,422 positions left vacant because employers couldn’t find enough graduates with the required mix of knowledge, skills and attributes.

A day doesn’t seem to pass without a report published highlighting the UK’s skills shortage. At the AGR, we are seeing some employers reconsider how they recruit young talent. The word student is replacing graduate in many a recruiter’s job title as employers create school-leaver programmes. High profile graduate employers are ditching UCAS points as a screening tool to increase the diversity of their intake. Marketing initiatives that once targeted final year students also now aimed at first years. As the population of young people continues to decline and the demand for student talent increases, the pressures on employers, policy makers and educators are only going to increase”.


Stephen Isherwood, AGR, 2015

University of Sussex Class of 2014 Headline Facts

  • 87% of postgraduate degree leavers were in work, work and study or further study (84% in 2013)
  • 86% of employed postgraduate degree leavers were in graduate level work (90% in 2013)
  • 75% of postgraduate degree leavers were in work (71% in 2013)
  • 11% of postgraduate degree leavers were solely in further study/training (13% in 2013)
  • 8% of postgraduate degree leavers were unemployed (5% in 2013)

SIC2007 results shows that the top 3 industries employing University of Sussex leavers were Professional, Scientific and Technical activities; Education; Health & Social work.

Main Destinations by Sussex Department

Due to rounding, percentages may not add up to 100%