Important new Graduate salary information

6th February 2019

In September 2017, CCH published elements of the unique LEO (longitudinal education outcomes) data so that Careers Advisers and Teachers could use this rich and reliable data (based on PAYE data) in its proper context with their clients and pupils.  Significant amounts of this data made uncomfortable reading while it also highlighted many success stories for universities that often end up at the bottom of league tables.  We emphasised throughout that there are many reasons why people may want to go to university and also that there can be excellent apprenticeship alternatives (which can be at Advanced, Higher and Degree level).

We held back from revising the information for 2018 (which would have been a massive task for CCH), because we knew WHICH? University and Unistats would be including this data in their websites.  This information is finally available, but like the CCH LEO information, it is best handled by a Careers Adviser/Teacher who can help explain the context of the data e.g. mean salaries for a graduate from a Music Conservatoire will be very low compared to some graduate earnings, but there could be some exploration of how passionate/obsessed they are to try and make a career in music, in spite of the probable salary.

WHICH? University – tips for using

Use the Find a Course function – search by course and university

Click on course information for one of the courses that comes up

Click on – After graduation

First you can see the DLHE 6 months after graduation figure.

Then scroll down to see mean salaries 1,3 and 5 years after graduation which comes from the LEO.  Only the mean is included, lower and upper quartiles aren’t.

N.B at the time of publication the LEO data for Law is not working, but this is being investigated by WHICH?

Unistats – tips for using

Search for course by subject and university

Click on the relevant course that you are interested in

Click on Employment and accreditation

You can then see earnings after the course for 6 months after graduation (DLHE) and 3 years after graduation (LEO).

One interesting thing you notice from quite a number of courses is that graduates are earning less 3 years after graduating than they were 6 months after graduation.  This may be due to a smaller sample size with the 6 month survey, though it is worrying.

Comments 3

  1. Hi
    Many thanks for this information. I have just written and published the series ‘A Careers Advice Guide’ books, consisting of 12 books in total with 11 on job sectors and one on choosing and applying for HE courses. Available from and as pdf s with Prospects Education Resources. I also have the following website links for graduate salaries which might be of use.

    Kind regards

    Janice Eglin

    Glass Door: Salaries
    Prospects, Graduate Careers: Job Profiles
    Target Jobs:
    Choosing an Employer
    UK Government: Graduate Employment and Earnings
    UK Government: Office for National Statistics

  2. Hello Andy.

    Thank you, as always, for all the really useful information and advice you send us: including this month. I will continue to share with colleagues and students.

    Maybe hopefully see you say “Hello” at Olympia, next week?!

    Thank you and I hope you are keeping well.

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