Data released today by the Higher Educations Statistics Agency show that 61.9 per cent of graduates who completed a full-time degree in 2009-10 were in employment and a further 7 per cent were in employment and further study six months after graduating.
That total of 68.9 per cent of graduates in work is slightly higher than 2008-09, when the figure was 66.2 per cent, and almost identical to the proportion in 2007-08 (68.7 per cent).
The statistics show that 8.8 per cent of last year’s graduates were unemployed after six months, compared to 9.3 per cent in 2008-09 and 8.2 per cent in 2007-08.
Another 14.5 per cent of graduates were undertaking further study.
A total of 252,000 graduates were surveyed, with 83 per cent of leavers responding.
The top-performing universities in terms of graduate employment feature a mix of new and old, research-intensive and teaching-based.