Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey: Our analysis

This report provides an analysis of the latest data from HESA’s annual Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey which covers the period of 2016/17. The analysis focuses on the results from graduates in Business & Administrative studies. The DLHE survey collects data from successful leavers of Higher Education six months after the completion of their studies.

Key findings include:

  1. UK-domiciled first degree leavers and postgraduates in Business & Administrative Studies have good employment prospects
    Graduates from the Business & Administrative Studies subject area have the fifth highest rate of full-time employment six months after completing their course, with 67% of UK-domiciled graduates obtaining full-time employment.
  2. The salary commanded by first degree leavers in Business & Administrative Studies has increased above the general level of increase seen across all subject areas
    The proportion of UK-domiciled first degree leavers in Business & Administrative Studies earning between £20,000 and £39,999 has increased from 19% for the 2011/12 cohort to 28% for the most recent cohort, which is above the increase observed amongst UK-based graduates overall.
  3. The vast majority of UK-based first degree leavers do not choose further study, but a teaching-based higher degree is an increasingly popular choice for those that do
    In 2016/17 only 15% of UK-domiciled graduates in Business & Administrative Studies opted for further study compared to much higher percentages in subjects such as Law (44%) and Physical Sciences (36%). Across all subjects, the percentage of UK-domiciled graduates choosing to continue their studies via a teaching-focused higher degree has increased from 7% for the 2013/14 cohort to 11% for the 2016/17 cohort.