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Graduate Outcomes Survey

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The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).The survey forms part of a nation-wide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates.
Date Published: Mon, 22 Jul 2019

Graduate Outcomes Survey

The University of Limerick Graduate Outcomes Survey (GOS) is a detailed review of the employment outcomes of UL graduates conducted annually by the University and supported by the Higher Education Authority (HEA).The survey forms part of a nation-wide review of the employment outcomes of Irish University Graduates.

 

This year 3,685 graduates were surveyed, with a response rate of 70%. Simultaneously, the HEA published its report, ‘What Do Graduates Do?’ Outcomes from this report facilitate the comparison of UL’s statistics with those nationally. According to the Sunday Times ‘Good University Guide’, the University of Limerick is University of the Year 2019. UL’s leading position in graduate employability, its Cooperative Education and internship programmes, its research in partnership with industry and the opening of the €31million new Glucksman Library were among the many reasons for the award. These outcomes reflect the success of the University’s engagement with industry and graduate empowerment through employability, which are founding principles of the University.

 

Graduate Outcomes Survey – 2018 Results

Primary Degrees
The GOS continues to reflect confidence in the graduate employment market with consistent employment levels overall. It is not possible to make comparisons with the national employment level of graduates as that data is not yet available, but the employment record of UL graduates has always been consistently higher than the national average. Key outcomes for Primary Degree graduates include:

• Number of graduates and survey respondents – 2,216 Primary Degree graduates surveyed with a response rate of 74%

• In postgraduate study or research - 17% of graduates, a decrease of 1% on 2017.

• Currently employed - 79% of graduates, 67% in Ireland and 12% overseas.

• Seeking employment - 3% of graduates, an increase of 1% on 2017. This is less than the current national unemployment rate of 4.5%.

• Not available for employment - 1% of graduates. It is important to note that this category includes graduates who cannot pursue a career or further study due to domestic circumstances, illness or perhaps due to taking a year or more out to travel.

• Average salary - €30,277 with 46% of graduates achieving a salary in excess of €30,000. This is an increase of €489 on 2017.

• Key sectors - Employment of Primary Degree graduates in the Professional, Scientific and Technical sectors is at 12%. Human Health and Social Work at 18% has overtaken Financial, Insurance, and Real Estate at 17%. Graduate employment in the Industry sector has increased by 12% to 15%. Primary Degree graduate employment in Education remained significant at 11%. The overall employment rate for Education graduates is 90%, with 79% employed in Ireland and 11% teaching overseas, a decrease of 3% on the previous year. Of the 79% employed in Ireland, 84% of those were full-time positions.

• Employed by region – Of those employed, 70% of UL Primary Degree graduates have secured employment in the West (including the West, Mid-West, and the South West) and 22% have secured employment in the East. Growth of graduate opportunities in the Mid-West continued with an increase of 6% to 46%, and there was a 5% drop in the number of primary degree graduates in the East, to 22%. The most popular overseas location was North America at 50% —an increase of 10% on the previous year, and overtaking the UK at 35%. The trend in graduates travelling shows a marked switch from the UK to the US, which is possibly a reflection of Britain’s plans to exit the European Union.

 

Higher Degrees PhDs
Results for PhD graduates for 2018 reveal that UL’s doctoral students are very much in demand, particularly in Ireland. Key outcomes for PhD graduates include:
• Number of graduates and survey respondents – A total of 119 PhD graduates were surveyed, with a response rate of 61%.

• Further study or research – 0%.

• Currently employed – 96% of graduates, which is a 4% increase on the previous year. 81% of those graduates are employed in Ireland, an increase of 5% on the previous year and 15% are employed abroad, a decrease of 1% from the previous year.

• Seeking employment – 3%, a fall of 1% from the previous year.

• Not available for employment – 1%, same as the previous year.

• Average salary – €38,983.

• Key sectors – Education 54%, Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities 12%, Human Health and Social Work Activities 13%, and Industry 5%.

• Employed by region – Mid-West 67%, East 19%, and outside Ireland 15%. Growth in PhD employment in the above key sectors reflects the growth being enjoyed by those particular sectors in Ireland.

Research Master’s Degrees Results for Research Master’s degree graduates of 2018 also reveal that UL’s Master’s graduates are very much in demand. Key outcomes for Research Master’s graduates include:
•Number of graduates and survey respondents – 15 Research Master’s graduates surveyed with a response rate of 100%.

•Further study – 7% of graduates, that is a decrease of 3% from the previous year.

•Currently employed – 80% of graduates, which is a decrease of 10% from the previous year. 100% of those graduates are employed in Ireland.

•Seeking employment – 13%.

•Not available for employment – 0%.

• Average salary – €30,624.

• Key sectors – Industry at 33%, Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities at 17%, Education 25%, Human Health and Social Work Activities at 8%, and construction at 8%.

• Employed by region – Mid-West at 58%, East at 17%, South-West at 17%, and south-East 8%.

 

Taught Master’s Degrees
Results for Taught Master’s degree graduates of 2018 reveal an average salary increase of €1,520 on 2018. Employer support for further study is demonstrated by this increase in starting salaries for graduates who have pursued further study.

Key outcomes for Taught Masters’ graduates include:
• Number of graduates and survey respondents – 1,007 Taught Master’s graduates surveyed with a response rate of 67%.

• Further study – 4%.

• Currently employed – 90% of graduates. 77% of those graduates are employed in Ireland, a decrease of 3% and 13% are employed abroad, that is a decrease of 3%.

• Seeking employment – 4%.

• Not available for employment – 2%.

• Average salary – €35,060.

• Key sectors – Human Health and Social Work Activities at 18%, Education at 15%, Industry and Financial,
Insurance & Real Estate both at 13%, Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities at 12%, and Information and
Communication at 9%.

• Employed by region – Mid-West 46%, East 27%, outside Ireland 13%, South-West 11% and West 8%.

Postgraduate Diplomas
Employer support continues for professional development, and in particular in the areas of Education, Nursing, Engineering, and Industry, which is consistent with the growth in those particular sectors. Key outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma holders include:

• Number of graduates and survey respondents – 62 Postgraduate Diploma graduates surveyed with a response rate of 85%.

• Further study – 4%.

• Currently employed – 89% of graduates, which is an increase of 11% on the previous year. 85% of those graduates are employed in Ireland, (a 15% increase on the previous year) and 4% are employed abroad, that is a decrease of 5% from the previous year.

• Seeking employment – 5%.

• Not available for employment – 2%.

• Average salary – €34,452.

• Key sectors – Human Health and Social Work Activities 36%, Industry 23%, Education 11%, Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities, and Information & Communication both at 6%.

• Employed by region – Mid-West 47%, East 13%, South-West 22%, outside Ireland at 4%.