In 2019 the graduate employment rate (87.5%) was marginally lower than in 2018 (87.7%) going against a general trend since 2011 of year-on-year rises.
Graduates are more likely to be in employment than non-graduates, although the gap has been narrowing since 2014 and this trend continued in the latest year. In 2019 the non-graduate employment rate was 72% compared to 71.6% in 2018.
Postgraduate employment rates rose by 1.3 percentage points from 2018 to become the group with the highest employment rates (88.7%).
Post-graduates have seen the largest increase in median salary from 2018 (+£2,000). This has increased the gap between graduates and post-graduates to £8,000, the largest it has been since 2007.
Conversely, the gap between graduate and non-graduate median salaries has narrowed to £9,000 which is the smallest the gap has been since 2007. Compared with 2018, the median salary of graduates remained the same whilst for non-graduates it increased by £1,000.
The 2019 figures represent a nominal increase of £2,500 for graduates, £5,000 for postgraduates and £4,000 for non-graduates since 2009. However, these changes over time should be interpreted with caution since median salary figures in this publication do not account for inflation and have been rounded to the nearest £500.
At 78.9%, the proportion of postgraduates employed in high-skilled roles in 2019 exceeded that of graduates (65.6%) and non-graduates (23.9%). Conversely, across the three groups, non-graduates were most likely to be employed in medium/low-skilled roles (48.1%). The proportions for graduates and postgraduates were 21.9% and 9.8% respectively, 0.4 and 1.2 percentage points lower than in 2018.