Reporting Year 2020

Graduate labour market statistics

Data guidance



This document describes the underlying data files included in the Graduate Labour market statistics. This data is released under the terms of the Open Government License and is intended to meet at least 3 stars for Open Data.

The publication methodology provides additional information on the generation and interpretation of figures and should be referenced together with the data. The methodology is available on the publication report. 



The GLMS publication reports on the labour market outcomes of graduates and postgraduates, and compares them with those of non-graduates. The statistics use the data collected via the Labour Force Survey (LFS) relating to individuals domiciled within England. 

This release explores:

  • employment and earnings outcomes of graduates by their specific characteristics of gender, age group, ethnicity, disability status, degree class, subject, sector, occupation and region,
  • employment and earnings outcomes of graduates, post graduates and non-graduates by their age group and gender,
  • proportion of graduates and non graduates that work part time by their gender and age group.


File formats and conventions


Files are Comma Separated Value (CSV)


  • ‘:’ samples are unavailable or sizes small.
  • Employment rates are rounded to one decimal place.
  • Median salaries are rounded to the nearest £500.
  • Labour Force Survey (LFS) datasets are routinely reweighted in line with population estimates. In 2018 a new weighting variable was introduced, PWT18, to LFS datasets from July - September 2011 onwards.
  • LFS responses are weighted to official 2018-based population projections on demographic trends that pre-date the coronavirus pandemic.  Rates published from the LFS remain robust; however, levels and changes in levels should be used with caution. This will particularly affect estimates for ethnicity, and disability.


Data files

All data files associated with this releases are listed below with guidance on their content. To download any of these files, please visit our data catalogue.