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What Do Graduates Do Next? Explore Your Options

The Higher Education Careers Service Unit (HECSU) uses statistics from the Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) survey to produce a publication which explores the data in more detail to give the national picture of what graduates do next. Click the links below to see the most recent publications. 

What Do Graduates Do - 2016

What Do Graduates Do - 2015

What Do Graduates Do - 2014

DLHE data is used by HESA and several other organisations to compile reports on the graduate labour market and in the compilation of league tables.  Find out more about DLHE here.

Latest Results 2014-15 Graduates

The latest published data relates to 2014-2015 leavers approximately six months after graduation*. 

  • Response Rates - 83.2% of University of Salford full-time, first degree, home graduates responded to the DLHE survey an increase of 1.7% from 2013-14.  79.3% of all University of Salford graduates responded, an increase of 1.75% on 2013-14.
  • Destinations - Of those that were available*  for work and/or study 90% gave working, studying or due to start a job as their main activity.  71.9% of those were in professional or managerial graduate level roles, compared to 63% from 2013-14.

The data can also be used to give current students a glimpse as to what they can do after graduation and the types of organisations they could work for.

The links below show the Top 10 most frequent Employers and Occupations for the most recent graduates from each school of study.

Salford Business School

Salford Languages

School of Arts & Media

School of the Built Environment

School of Computer, Science & Engineering

School of Environment & Life Sciences

School of Health Sciences

School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences

Programme Level Results

Unistats uses DLHE data to give information at programme level about what graduates are doing six months after finishing their course, including:

  • Average salary
  • Employment level
  • Most popular job types

 For more information visit the Unistats website


* 2014-15 graduates unavailable to engage in work/further study (due to travel, retirement, illness or looking after home/family) was 3.8%, compared with 3.85% for 2013-14 graduates.

Data taken from the 2015-16 Destinations of Leavers of Higher Education (DLHE) Survey of 2014-15 Graduates. This reflects the status of graduates on specific dates, who gave responses to the DLHE survey.

Graduates who completed their studies between August 2014 and December 2014 were asked for their status on 14th April 2015 and graduates who completed their studies between January 2015 and July 2015 were asked for their status on 12th January 2016.

Updated 16 January 2017 (LM)