More Scottish graduates stay loyal to their roots

December 19, 2003

The number of new graduates from Scottish universities choosing to work in Scotland is rising, according to the latest figures.

The Scottish Executive's first destination of graduates survey for 2001-02 shows that 88 per cent of those going into work stay north of the border, up by 2 per cent on the previous year.

Jim Wallace, Scotland's enterprise and lifelong learning minister, said:

"I'm encouraged by these figures. As part of our Fresh Talent Initiative to secure a vibrant and prosperous future for Scotland, we are committed to promoting the country as a good place to live and work. This will bring benefits for Scotland's economy and society. Retaining graduates, from Scotland and elsewhere from our institutions is a key element in meeting this objective."

The percentage of graduates from the rest of the UK and overseas who began work in Scotland rose to 32 per cent and 23 per cent respectively. The survey found that 59 per cent of new graduates began work in the UK, with a further 3 per cent finding work overseas.

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