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Employment: Graduates

Volume 691: debated on Thursday 19 April 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What proportion of United Kingdom citizens who graduated from United Kingdom universities in 2004 remained unemployed by 31 December 2005; and [HL3098]

What proportion of United Kingdom citizens who graduated from United Kingdom universities in 2005 remained unemployed by 31 December 2006. [HL3099]

The available information covers the destinations of qualifiers six months after leaving university.

In 2003-04, 6.2 per cent of UK-domiciled students qualifying with first degrees from UK higher education institutions were unemployed six months after qualifying, and in 2004-05 the figure was 6.3 per cent.

However, the labour market experience of graduates six months after qualifying may not necessarily be indicative of their position in the longer term. For example, the Class of '99 report available at www. dfes.gov.uk/research/programmeofresearch/index.cfm ?type=0&keywordlist1=0&keywordlist2=0&keywordlist3 =0&andor=or&keyword=Class+of+%2799 shows that just 2 to 3 per cent of those surveyed were unemployed, four years after graduation.