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.