Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Getting a job outside London

I'll just pause for a moment whilst everyone who isn't reading the Chancellor's Autumn Statement and looking for some good news somewhere reels in shock at seeing a post.

Yes, we've been busy - you probably spotted Futuretrack, and we'll probably have more to say about that soon enough.

Anyway, one of the things I've been doing, as usual, is looking at one of my main interests in graduate LMI, which is regional labour markets.

We keep stressing that there are jobs outside London, although it's also fair to point out that London is a bit of a behemoth when it comes to finding work.

A lot of analyses of the graduate jobs market focuses on first degrees and misses the full range of qualifications that you can get from HE. I'm not going to go into a lot of detail, but here are the qualification breakdown for  HE graduates who got jobs in the 8 of the cities which employed the largest number of new graduates (this doesn't correlate to population, by the way - Cardiff, punches particularly  well above its weight here. It also, for dull reasons to do with the data I have available, does not include Liverpool and Newcastle which might possibly be in there if I had that data - and I have a suspicion looking at local data both Oxford and Cambridge might as well. Sorry.) For the record, the cities that fall just outside are, in order, Leicester, Aberdeen, Sheffield and Bristol. The data is from DLHE, of course.

Some things are plain. There were lots of jobs in Birtmingham - the 'other undergraduates' in this case seem to include a lot of nursing diplomas.

A lot of graduates get jobs in these cities. Literally thousands. In fact, a lot of postgraduates get jobs in them as well - Manchester had an unusually high proportion of total jobs available to doctoral graduates (probably something to do with have a very big research institution in the city), and Edinburgh and Glasgow look to be good places to go with a Masters. Twice as many new graduates went to work in Cardiff last year than in any other city in Wales

But what these figures show is that a lot of graduates - an awful lot of graduates - get jobs in these places. These figures don't show if those jobs are any good, of course (although mostly, they are - we'll get on to that later), but does suggest that some cities are good places to look for work, even at the moment.

And since we now know that the economy - and hence the jobs market - is set to be tough for some time, it's useful to know where to look for jobs.

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