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The Destinations of Leavers From Higher Education 2018: Executive Summary

Highfliers Graduate Market 2019 Comments

  • The number of graduates hired by organizations featured in The Times Top 100 Graduate Employers increased by 4.3% in 2018, following a drop in graduate recruitment in 2017 in the aftermath of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union in the summer 2016.
  • Together, the UK’s top employers are increasing their graduate vacancies by 9.1% in 2019, the highest annual rise in graduate recruitment since 2010. 
  • The biggest increases in vacancies are expected at public sector employers, accounting & professional services firms and engineering & industrial companies who intend to recruit more than 1,500 additional graduates in 2019.
  • Graduate starting salaries at the UK’s leading graduate employers are expected to remain unchanged for the fifth consecutive year in 2019, at a median starting salary of £30,000.

The Graduate Market in 2019 -  High Fliers

University of Sussex Class of 2018 Headline Facts

  •  93% of first degree leavers available for work or further study were engaged in employment or study (96% in 2017)
  •  70% of first degree leavers available for work or further study were in graduate level work or were engaged in further study (83% in 2017)
  •  57% of UK first degree leavers were in work (59% in 2017)
  •  31% of UK first degree leavers were primarily in further study/training (30% in 2017)
  •  5.5% of first degree leavers were unemployed (4% in 2017)
  • Note: Comparative data from the 2017 DLHE had a response rate of 79% compared to 54% for this survey 

    Main Destinations by Sussex Department

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