New research shows more graduates moving for work

HESA’s new graduate mobility marker identifies the movements of graduates from home, to education, to employment using local authority data. Research finds that graduates who stay in their home region are likely to move for work within it and those who return to work in their local area are least likely to have a high opinion of their jobs.

HESA used its Student data collection and Graduate Outcomes survey data to identify graduates working in, moving from, or returning to the local authorities where they originally lived. The new marker uses seven categories to take account of movement within or between regions of the UK.

Nearly half (46.5%) of the 279,700 graduates included in the study stayed in the same region where they lived for both study and later work. Of these graduates, three out of five worked in a different local authority from where they lived before entering higher education.

A further 22.4% of graduates studied in a different region from their home but returned to their home region to work. Nearly two thirds of these graduates worked in a different local authority from where they had started.

31.1% of graduates ended up working in a different region from where they started.

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