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The Destinations of Leavers From Higher Education 2018: Employment

Level of jobs of Sussex UG leavers

An important indicator of performance with regard to graduate employment is the graduate level job indicator. Universities use the HESA SOC2010 coding system to identify those in graduate level jobs. This has replaced the Elias & Purcell (2004) method for defining graduate level occupations and is intended to provide a stronger coding system. Further details of this are shown in the Appendices tab. This indicator is used in calculations that go towards producing league tables and is therefore a useful area for analysis. The table below shows the proportion of Sussex UK UG first degree leavers whose job is classified as graduate level.


2015 2016 2017 2018
87% 78% 80% 63%

Table 1  proportion of Sussex UK UG First degree leavers in graduate level jobs

A full department level breakdown of destinations is available in the Executive Summary tab and a breakdown by department of the level of work is available below in the Graduate Level Work link.

Graduate Level Jobs By Department




Table 2 represents the proportion of Sussex first degree graduates who are in graduate level work 6 months after graduation. Original figures collected by CEC as part of the DLHE survey.

Type of graduate level work


Graduate Level Jobs composed of: 63% 411
Managers Directors and Senior Officials 2% 15
Professional Occupations 22% 144
Associate Professional and Technical Occupations 39% 252
Non-Graduate Level Jobs composed of: 37% 243
Administrative and Secretarial Occupations 9% 62
Skilled Trade Occupations 2% 13
Caring Leisure and other Service Occupations 7% 47
Sales and Customer Service Occupations 10% 66
Process Plant and Machine Operatives 0% 1
Elementary Occupations 8% 54

The level of jobs are determined by the SOC2010 classification system which is in use

across all sectors and is the generally accepted standardised class system for occupations.