Friday, 2 September 2011

Longitudinal DLHE is out

Long DLHE is now out. It makes the finding that graduates in a recession did a little worse than those who were not in a recession, which comes as no surprise to anyone, I expect.

However, when you compare the unemployment rate for graduates from 2006/7 three and a half years after graduation, of 3.9%, with the youth unemployment rate at the time of the survey, of 20.4%, suddenly everything gets put into a bit more context.

This is particularly interesting when you consider that 41.5% of graduates (at all levels) unemployed at the time of the survey nevertheless say that they are satisfied with their career progression to date.

It's refreshing to see that the data includes a new destination category dealing with people who are working on a portfolio - this is something we'll soon be seeing in the six month DLHE as well and will be especially useful for the arts and humanities.

And there's an interesting section on migration which shows that most regions have done a pretty good job of retaining their graduates, which is good to see (although there's a drift to London which seems to increase the closer the region is to the capital).

So, well worth looking at the data in some detail, if you're interested.