11.06.20 HEA Graduate Outcomes Report shows high employment for University Graduates

The IUA welcomes the HEA’s Graduate Outcomes Survey looking at what the 2018 graduates from Irish higher education were doing 9 months after graduating. Year-on-year, the Graduate Outcomes Survey analysis continues to show that higher educational attainment levels are linked to higher employment rates.

Responding to the results, Lewis Purser, IUA Director of Learning, Teaching and Academic Affairs said: “The latest HEA Graduate Outcomes Report again shows the added value that Irish university graduates bring to the economy, society and to themselves. As we seek to mitigate the negative effects of Covid-19, we need to increase investment in Irish higher education so that these positive outcomes can be maintained for the growing numbers of students graduating and contributing to our economic recovery over the next few years.”

Key findings of the report include:

  • 78% of 2018 university graduates were already working or due to start work 9 months after graduation, with an additional 16% in further study.
  • Only 3% of university honours bachelor degree graduates were still seeking work 9 months after graduation; nearly 9 out of 10 university postgraduate taught degree graduates were already in the workplace 9 months after graduation.
  • University and College graduates earn more on average nine months after graduation than IoT graduates.

IUA would like to thank the HEA and the university careers officers for their hard work in carrying out the survey, and to all the university graduates who took the time to respond.


Full report available here