Graduates more likely to stay close to home for first job

MORE than 2/3 of graduates stay within their home region for their first job, a new report has revealed. The report, released by the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, finds that in general graduates closer to London are most likely to leave because of the capital’s pull. united-kingdom-map-with-pi_450

The largest group were “Regional Loyals” with 45.9 per cent of all employed 2013 graduates studying and working in their home region. This tendency was more prominent in Scotland, Wales, and North Ireland, as well as North West and North East of England, where they made up a large proportion of the graduate employment.

“Regional Returners” made up the second largest group with 24.7 per cent of the graduate workforce. Moving away from home to study, and returning to work was prominent in the East, the South East and the West Midlands.

“Regional stayers” and “Regional Incomers” were the last two groups, moving away from their home region for their first job.

The “Incomers”, with a large proportion being in business, finance and marketing, as well as engineering and sciences, made up 18 per cent and worked neither in their home nor study area. The report says that London, the East and the South East were prominent areas for this.

The “stayers” moved away to study, and stayed in that region, making up 11.5 per cent of the graduate workforce. They made up a large proportion of the East Midlands, the South West, the North West, Yorkshire and the Humber.

Charlie Ball, Hescu’s head of higher education intelligence, said;

“It highlights two clear approaches for universities and local authorities looking to secure graduate talent – targeting graduates originally domiciled in their region, and those who went to university there. A skilled and educated workforce is boon to any region looking for economic growth and the regional agenda for graduate employment is becoming increasingly important.”