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Fewer Irish graduates moving overseas to find work

by Ray Clancy on May 4, 2016

Fewer graduates from Irish universities have moved abroad to work full time with the latest analysis report showing that 10% emigrated in 2014, down from 12% the previous year.

The data contained in a report from the Higher Education Authority (HEA), also shows that the UK is the most popular destination for Irish graduates employed overseas.

The report suggests that fewer graduates are going overseas to work as more are finding jobs in Ireland. Indeed the majority, 82%, of those employed are working in Ireland.

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Of those who do go to work overseas some 56% of Honours Bachelor Degree graduates find their educational qualification relevant/most relevant to their employment, compared to 61% with a Masters/Doctorate. Higher & Postgraduate graduates have the highest level of satisfaction with 75% reporting their qualification as relevant/most relevant to their employment.

The non-market sector is the most popular for the majority of overseas graduates, with 44% of Honours Bachelor degree, 77% of Higher Diploma and 73% of Postgraduate Diploma, 50% of Research Masters, 57% of Doctorate and 28% of Taught Masters graduates.

With a few exceptions, the distribution of graduates by field of study shows that despite discipline, the majority of overseas graduates work predominantly in non-market services.

The research also found that nine months after graduation, more than half, 56%, of Honours Bachelor Degree international graduates were in employment, with one third working in Ireland and 23% working overseas.

Two thirds of Higher and Postgraduate Diploma international graduates are employed in 2014, some 59% of which are working in Ireland and 7% overseas. One in 10 Higher and Postgraduate females are seeking employment, compared to 4% of such males.

The statistics also show that 73% of Masters and Doctorate international graduates are employed with 37% in Ireland and 36% overseas. A similar proportion of such males and females found employment.

“The findings of this report highlight many positive outcomes for graduates. Overall, employment levels and employment in Ireland in particular have improved from last year, and fewer graduates are going overseas for work,” said HEA chief executive officer Tom Boland

“We see larger proportions of such graduates choosing to stay in Ireland rather than move overseas, nine months after graduation. This would suggest that Ireland continues to be a popular destination of employment,” he added.

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