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First career destinations of disabled graduates - research published

Each year, the AGCAS Disability Task Group produces a report on the first destinations of disabled graduates nationally. The 2012 What Happens Next? report (based on data collected from the 2009/10 cohort) has been published.

This year's report indicates a certain level of stability returning to the graduate labour market following last year’s downturn.

Download What Happens Next? A Report on the First Destinations of Disabled Graduates

Key findings

• The proportion of both disabled and non-disabled graduates entering employment rose clearly this year with the rate of increase for disabled graduates slightly higher than for their non disabled peers.

• Unemployment levels decreased for both groups with the rate of decrease marginally greater for disabled graduates.

• The proportion of graduates entering 'graduate level' employment improved this year, with, for the first time, higher proportions of disabled graduates in graduate level employment than non disabled graduates.

• Graduates with a 'Specific Learning Disability' and those with 'unseen disabilities' generally achieved more favourable outcomes than those with more apparent disabilities. The notable exception to this trend occurred among Deaf/Hearing Impaired graduates. Higher numbers of graduates from this group entered 'graduate level' occupations than any other category of graduates - disabled or non disabled - whilst unemployment levels for this group were the lowest of any disabled category.

• Graduates who are wheelchair users, or have mobility difficulties exhibited the lowest levels of full-time employment and the highest levels of unemployment.

• The sector attracting the highest numbers of both disabled and non disabled graduates was Human Health and Social Work.  

• This year saw identical percentages of both groups entering 'management level' occupations.

• Earnings of disabled graduates compared well with non disabled graduates, although average starting salaries remained at 2009 levels for both groups.

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Further information can be obtained from the AGCAS Disability Task Group.

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