2007-8 Collection - Key Findings
Destinations of leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) Survey of
UK and EU domiciled students 2007-8 Collection.
1. Survey Methodology and Response
- The DLHE survey is a statutory process in which Higher
Education Institutions are required to collect data on behalf of
HESA, to gather information on the most recent activities of
graduates six months after their graduation, using two census dates
in January and April.
- Information on employment status, further studies and the
nature of these activities are collected using a standardized
questionnaire designed and distributed by HESA.
- The Careers Service conducts this survey on behalf of the
institution and contacted an overall target population of 3717
eligible graduates (first degree and postgraduates, diplomas and
certificates, full and part time, UK and EU domiciled), of which
3151 responded, a response rate of 84.8%.
- The same response rate was achieved for the full time, first
degree, UK domiciled cohort, also known as the EPI Cohort
the group used for comparison purposes in national league tables
(84.5% = 1958 leavers from an eligible population of 2309).
- The University exceeded all the required response rates
- Explicit refusals to take part in the survey declined on last
year with 33 graduates refusing to provide any destination
information, compared to 57 last year
2. All UK and EU graduates
- 88.6% (2791 graduates) in employment (including full or part
time, self employment and voluntary work) and/or further study,
compared to 90.4% last year
- 4.8% (152) assumed to be unemployed, compared to 2.8% last
Graduate Level Employment
- 74.2% of employed graduates are employed in “graduate level
occupations”, compared to 77.3% last year
The top five employment
- National Health Service
- Primary Education
- Secondary education
- Central and Local Government
- Social Work organizations
3. Employment Performance Indicator
- 87.4% (1711 graduates) were in employment (including full or
part time, self employed and voluntary work) and/or further study,
compared to 88.16% last year
- 5.9% (116) were unemployed and looking for employment or
further study, compared to 3.5% last year
Graduate Level Employment
- 63.8% of employed graduates are employed in “graduate level”
- 70.4% of leavers in full time employment were employed in
graduate level employment.
- 32.3% of leavers in part time employment were employed in
graduate level employment, reflecting the nature of employment
often taken up by graduates who are also studying full
- 72.0% of those in voluntary work were employed in graduate
- 94.1% of self employed graduates were employed in graduate
The average (mean) salary amongst
EPI respondents was £18,822, compared to £18,345 last year.
Unemployment has risen by
2.4% from 3.5% last year to 5.9%.
For both male and female graduates
there was a similar rise in unemployment rates. Male
unemployment rose from 5.3% to 7.9%, while female graduate
unemployment rates rose from 2.0% to 4.4%.
It is difficult to draw any
meaningful conclusions from the data, given the small number of
students in some of the ethnic categories.
246 of the EPI graduates have
reported a disability to the University. 65.4% (161) of these
graduates were in employment. 8.5% (21) of those with a
disability were unemployed compared to 6.6% (14) in 2007.
May 2009 - University of Hull Careers
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The Employment Performance Indicator (EPI) benchmark for all
HEIs in the UK is created using a formula that takes into account
five criteria: subject of study, entry qualifications,
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The eligible population is the set of all home domiciled
students who graduated from a full time course with a first degree
qualification in the relevant year.