As anyone who saw me at AGCAS Biennial will now know, I've been working on a detailed examination of the graduate labour market down to sub-regional level and how it has been affected by the recession (the last one, that is, not the current economic circumstances that may or may not turn out to be the start of a new one).
I'm finishing the factsheets that some people have seen at the moment and then will get to grips with the major labour market report, which examines each region of the UK in turn, before doing some analysis of graduate mobility and regional retention.
There's a lot of data to be examined and a number of conclusions to be drawn. The recession has had an impact on local labour markets and made this kind of analysis more important - there are a lot of differences between London and the rest of the country, unsurprisingly. As the attached figure, showing the number of last year's graduates known to be working in each region six months after graduating, shows, London and the south east are important, but most graduates don't work there.
It's become plain that there's a need to keep everyone up to date with local developments and we're always keen to hear from people who maintain a watch on local labour markets and are happy to share information and resources. After all, you may be an expert on the Manchester labour market, but if you've got a student from Plymouth who wants to go home after graduation, you need to be able to get that data from somewhere.
Also, if people have useful links and resources for local labour market information, we'd be very keen to know so we can get together a good library of local resources for everyone.
Information sharing is the best way to ensure we all have the best tools for students, and we hope that the information we'll be sharing will be useful for the sector. More to come soon.