Top Graduate Employers – Methodology
- The Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (DLHE) asks UK and EU domiciled leavers what they are doing on a particular reference date roughly six months after graduation. The data capture is undertaken by the Higher Education Institutions for their own graduates but the procedure is prescribed by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
- The Complete University Guide has used DLHE 2010–11 to identify graduates entering full-time, paid graduate employment and the names of their employers. We began with the uncleansed data returned by the graduates themselves which frequently resulted in more than one name for the same employer. We have attempted to correct any mistakes but would be glad to be informed if errors are found.
- In order to identify the leading employers of graduates from UK universities, we started with full-time, first degree UK and EU domiciled graduates who responded with known destinations (including those known to be engaged, for example, in further study, in part-time employment or unemployed as well as those in full-time employment)(224,045 graduates). We then restricted our search to graduates in full-time paid work (109,445 graduates). Next, we removed all doctors, dentists and nurses from the sample (leaving 97,100 graduates). We narrowed the search further by looking only at graduates employed by employers with more than 50 employees (78,170 graduates fell into this group). We then confined our cohort to graduates employed by employers recruiting four or more graduates (35,590 graduates). And finally, we identified specifically those in “graduate” jobs (22,250 graduates).
- Out of the original sample of 224,045 our study looks at these 22,250 graduates who were employed by some 1,500 employers.
- NB: The same definition was used in the study of DLHE 2009–10. However, for the sake of clarity, please be aware that the figures shown in this explanatory note relate to the DLHE 2010–11 survey.
How we display the number of graduate-level posts within each employer
- Due to the provision of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Human Rights Act 1998, HESA implements a Statistical Confidentiality Policy, which can be read here.
- In order to comply with disclosure protocols and eliminate the disclosure risk, the real numbers of graduate-level posts have been rounded up or down to the nearest multiple of 5.