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Recession, graduate recruitment and the media
Media coverage of the impact of the recession on graduate employment has intensified in recent weeks. While not suggesting that graduates are going to have an easy ride in 2009, AGCAS feels it has a responsibility to put some of the coverage in perspective.

AGR survey reveals employers 'still open for business'
A new survey published by AGR has revealed that many employers are still accepting job applications from graduates, despite a fall in recuiter confidence. A total of 124 graduate recruiters responded to the confidence snapshot survey.

Longitudinal survey published

The Higher Education Statistical Agency (HESA) has published the results of its second large-scale longitudinal survey of the 2004/5 cohort of leavers of higher education. The report makes fascinating reading to anyone interested in the graduate labour market.

There is a huge amount of data including employment outcomes (after 3.5 years) by subject of study, qualification level, degree classification and ethnicity, as well as comparisons with the DLHE survey.

Improving DLHE analysis - the GEMS approach

The Careers Service at the University of Huddersfield has developed powerful software called GEMS, which can produce different DLHE reports at the click of a button in order to make data available to different groups in different ways.

New guidelines for setting up regional DLHE groups

The Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLAM) has published guidelines and recommendations to support new or existing members with setting up, joining or running a regional DLHE group.

Mixed picture on graduate jobs front - HE careers services

University careers services across the UK have reported a mixed picture during the third quarter of 2011, both in the messages they are getting from employers and in the number of jobs they are advertising. While vacancies in some sectors are said to be up, there is increased competition for most positions.

New members on the GLaM Sub Committee

New members have been appointed to the AGCAS Graduate Labour Market (GLaM) Sub Committee. Andrew Whitmore (Manchester) joins the group as Co-Chair working alongside Terry Dray, existing Co-Chair and the Heads of Service Representative on the AGCAS Board of Directors. The group is also joined by Christopher Tye (Reading) and Stephen Davie (Sheffield).

Graduate Labour Market Task Group: Update April 2012

The Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLAM) met on 21 March 2012 with very full updates from HESA, HEFCE, BIS and HECSU. GLAM now requests comments and observations from AGCAS members about particular issues that arose around SOC coding and new job roles during the recent collection, together with specific enquiries about the future use of JACs codes.

New website explores London graduates' outcomes

The Careers Group, University of London has released a public website showing what happened to graduates after leaving universities in London. Aimed at those considering entry to higher education, teachers, parents, pupils and current university students, What London Graduates Do shows the occupation, employer and salaries of graduates over the last five years.

Scottish graduate employment figures

The figures for graduate employment from universities in Scotland are encouraging for students, graduates and those who provide careers and employability services.

What Do Graduates Do? 2012 edition published

What do Graduates Do? 2012 is now available to download. It is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU: HECSU provides the facts from the DLHE returns; AGCAS writers provide the expertise and articles to make sense of the figures.

Graduate labour market continues to improve, say careers services

Heads of higher education careers and employability services believe that the graduate labour market was more buoyant in the third quarter of 2012 (July to September) than at the same time last year. 80.9% of those surveyed by AGCAS reported that, in their experience, the graduate labour market was the same or more buoyant (47.6% better, 33.3% same), compared with 4.8% who believed it was less buoyant. 14.3% said they did not know. This is a more optimistic picture than that of the second quarter of 2012 when 79% of the heads of service said it was more buoyant (43%) or the same (36%) compared to the same period last year.


Vacancies on the Graduate Labour Market Task Group

The Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLAM) is seeking two new members to join the group. GLAM works with HESA, HEFCE and other key stakeholders on a range of issues concerning DLHE and related data collections. It also develops good practice and resources to enable careers services to utilise graduate labour market information in innovative ways and support students in their journey after graduation.

Update from the Graduate Labour Market Task Group

The AGCAS Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLAM) regularly meets with representatives from HESA, HEFCE, BIS, ONS, HECSU and other key stakeholders in the collection of graduate labour market data to discuss issues arising out of data collection and any forthcoming changes, and their possible implications for institutions. The task group has produced a useful update for members outlining recent meetings, current projects, group membership and the AGCAS nominee for the Longitudinal DLHE steering group.

Big drop in early graduate unemployment, reports What Do Graduates Do?

Findings from the latest (2014) edition of What Do Graduates Do? show that graduate unemployment fell from 8.5% to 7.3% year-on-year, marking the biggest drop in early graduate unemployment in 15 years.

This annual publication is a collaboration between the AGCAS Education Liaison Task Group and HECSU: HECSU provides the facts and figures from the DLHE returns and AGCAS members apply their expertise to provide commentary and written articles to help interpret the figures.

Graduate labour market statistics consultation

A consultation on the content and frequency of the Graduate labour market statistics (GLMS) publication has been launched. The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is seeking views from users of the statistics, specifically on the frequency and content of future releases.

Vacancies on the AGCAS graduate labour market group

The AGCAS Graduate Labour Market Task Group (GLaM) is currently seeking two new members to fill current vacancies on the group, one of which is the role of Co-Chair.

GLaM works with HESA, HEFCE and other key stakeholders on a range of issues concerning DLHE and related data collections. It also develops good practice and resources to enable HE careers service staff to utilise graduate labour market information in innovative ways and support student transitions. GLaM is also making a significant contribution to HESA's Destinations and Outcomes Review.

HESA DLHE consultation: AGCAS response request

HESA is currently consulting on the future of the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey as part of a fundamental review of outcomes data. AGCAS members are invited to contribute to an official AGCAS response to the consultation.

Summary of recent AGCAS GLaM discussions

The AGCAS Graduate Labour Market Sub Committee (GLaM) works with HESA and other key stakeholders on a range of issues concerning DLHE and related data collections. The GLaM Sub Committee met most recently in April where the group received reports from HESA, BIS, HECSU and ONS.

Second release of LEO data
The Government issued the second experimental release of government data on the earnings and employment outcomes of graduates on on 1st December 2016.

Vacancies on the AGCAS Graduate Labour Market Sub-Committee
AGCAS is seeking applications from members for a newly-vacant position on the AGCAS Graduate Labour Market Sub-Committee (GLaM).

What do graduates do? shows graduate unemployment rate lowest since 1989
The latest edition of What do graduates do? has shown that a robust graduate jobs market combined with a sharp rise in students taking postgraduate courses has led to the lowest graduate unemployment rate since 1989. 

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What Do Graduates Do? Scotland

What Do Graduates Do? Scotland provides information about the destinations of leavers from Scottish higher education institutions six months after graduation. Although this snapshot is taken very early in their careers, it shows how career paths vary according to students' choice of degree subjects.

Knowledge Workers and Knowledge Work
This report aims to give a more comprehensive portrait of work and the workforce in the knowledge economy. It is based on a survey that asked people what they actually do at work and how often they perform particular tasks. The results of the survey have been used to assess the level of 'cognitive complexity' or knowledge content of different jobs.

Working in Edinburgh and the Lothians - A Guide for Graduates

This guide gives a broad picture of the local employment landscape from a graduate's perspective. While it does not cover every possible opportunity in the area, it does focus on the advice of organisations such as Scottish Enterprise (Edinburgh and Lothian) and Edinburgh Brand and uses graduate destination information from HESA (Higher Education Statistical Agency) on some of the main local industry sectors that employ graduates.

Labour Market Mismatch Among UK Graduates
This report analyses the extent to which graduates are mismatched in the labour market and the reasons for this. It uses data to examine the labour market status of graduates five years after graduation and distinguishes between first and current job, over/underqualification and over/underskilling, as well as including a range of questions on the nature of work organisation and individual competences.

Scottish Labour Market Bulletin

This bulletin is produced by the AGCAS Scotland LMI Working Group. It is designed for people who want to know where to find recent reports and news on the labour market in Scotland.

Scottish Labour Market Information (LMI)
A list of websites providing information on various aspects of the labour market in Scotland, produced by the AGCAS Scotland LMI Working Group.

Where Do Engineering Graduates Go?
This briefing paper contains Engineering UK’s annual review of engineering and technology graduate destinations. It encompasses graduate application numbers, graduations and destinations.

Creative Graduates Creative Futures

This is the largest ever survey of creative graduates’ career paths. Led by the University of the Arts London and conducted by the Institute of Employment Studies (IES), the study offers an alternative career model for the 21st century workforce.

INGRADA Global Graduate Recruitment Survey

The INGRADA (International Network of Graduate Recruitment and Development Associations) Global Graduate Survey is based on surveys and market knowledge from six INGRADA member nations - USA, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, South Africa and the UK.

Latest news from HESA (PowerPoint)

This is a presentation from Catherine Benfield of HESA detailing their latest news. The presentation was delivered at the AGCAS North West DLHE Training Day in July 2009.


Regional graduate job websites

The following regional websites offer graduate vacancies and recruitment services to both jobseekers and graduate recruiters. The list has been compiled by AGCAS members and partners from all over the UK.

The Employment of Graduates within Small and Medium Sized Firms in England

This reports focuses on a research study prompted by the uneven distribution of graduates between small and large businesses. In particular, it explores the main drivers or impediments to the recruitment of graduates by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).

What Do Researchers Do?

What Do Researchers Do? provides analysis of the first employment destinations of doctoral graduates from 2003-2007, including an exploration of employment rates, sectors and occupations. The publication also includes forty careers profiles of researchers who have completed their doctorate.

The Unistats website includes details of DLHE data and the results of the National Student Survey for each higher education institution.

Working Class Students and the Career Decision-Making Process
This report examines how working class students approach career decision-making. It is based on a study of final year working class undergraduates from Edgehill University.

Life After Graduation: A guide to jobs, work experience, volunteering and further study after graduation

This government-funded publication outlines the range of options available to new graduates after they leave university. It aims to help graduates with the process of finding and applying for graduate jobs and offers information about other opportunities, such as further study at home or abroad.

Mismatch in the Graduate Labour Market Among Immigrants and Second-Generation Ethnic Minority Groups
This paper uses graduate survey data to assess the impact of overeducation and overskilling on graduates from immigrant and post-first generation ethnic minority backgrounds.

Sector Skills Councils: Labour Market Information (LMI)

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) commission labour market information (LMI) and sector skills assessments (SSA) from each of the Sector Skills Councils (SSCs). The content of each report (includng employment trends, forecasts, pay, skills shortages and emerging jobs) aims to inform strategic decision in the development of employment and skills policy.

Graduate Labour Market (GLaM) Sub Committee: Running and utilising the DLHE collection

Members of the AGCAS Graduate Labour Market (GLaM) Sub Committee regularly release reports, presentations and minutes from recent task group meetings and meetings with representatives from HESA, HEFCE, BIS, ONS, and other key partners, to update colleagues on developments in the area of DLHE, LDLHE and LMI and highlight issues arising out of data collection and any forthcoming changes, and their possible implications for institutions.

Standard Occupational Classification 2010 (SOC2010)

The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) is a common classification of occupational information for the UK. Within the context of the classification, jobs are classified in terms of their skill level and skill content. It is used for career information to labour market entrants, job matching by employment agencies and the development of government labour market policies.

HESA DLHE Good Practice Seminar (PowerPoint)

This HESA presentation gives samples of how DLHE data is used and why achieving the target response rate is important. The presentation, delivered in August 2010, also introduces the Good Practice Manual for DLHE, HESA's new online support centre and contains a brief description of the ongoing DLHE review.

Approaches to measuring employment circumstances of recent graduates
This HEFCE report explores a series of quantitative approaches to characterising the employment circumstances of recent graduates.

What Do Graduates Do?

Published annually, What Do Graduates Do? uses statistics drawn from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE), which is conducted by every university in the UK each year to try and establish what every graduate is doing six months after graduation. What Do Graduates Do? is the result of a close collaboration between AGCAS and Prospects, on behalf of the Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU).

Key findings from the lastest edition of What do Graduates Do? (2017) shows that the graduate unemployment rate is at its lowest since 1989. 

Collecting and using case studies within careers work

This resource provides an overview of how to create and use case studies in a variety of guidance settings. In particular, it highlights the use of institutional DLHE data as one of the ways to source alumni profiles for use as case studies, including suggested approaches for both collecting the data and pre-empting any data protection issues.

Pathways to Design: Young People's Entry to the Design Sector

This report examines the design industry's perceptions of young people, their suitability for work and the necessary skills and abilities needed to thrive within the sector. It is the first major quantitative study of design employers' views on the education sector in the UK.

#NewDLHE: Synthesis of consultation responses

This document shares the outcomes of HESA's #NewDLHE consultation, which was launched in May 2016 to help determine what should replace the current DLHE (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education) survey, as part of the fundamental review of destinations and outcomes data for graduates from higher education.

Interviews with Dan Cook, HESA (2017) on the #NewDLHE
During the AGCAS Heads of Service Conference 2017 AGCAS had the opportunity to interview Dan Cook from HESA to find out more about the #NewDLHE.

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