5. Postgraduate Research Graduates
Postgraduate Research Graduates: Graduates are considered to be “Postgraduate Research Graduates” if they have graduated from either Masters Research or Doctoral programmes.
Overview of Graduate Population
- In 2017, there were 1,733 Postgraduate Research Graduates
- The large majority completed Doctoral programmes (77%)
- The ratio of males to females was close to 1:1
- Most studied Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, followed by Health & Welfare
Main Graduate Destination
5.1 Most Important Activity – Field of Study
Nine months after graduation, 91% of graduates were in some form of employment or about to start a job. This was highest amongst Health & Welfare graduates (97%), followed by Engineering, Manufacturing & Construction (97%) and Business, Administration & Law (93%).
This section relates only to graduates who are considered “In Employment”, as defined below. Thus, all figures reflect only the cohort of graduates defined as “In Employment”.
In Employment: Graduates are considered to be employed 9 months after graduation if they are working full-time, working part-time or due to start a job in the next 3 months.
5.2 Employed Graduates – Occupation/Sector
Of the graduates in employment, the most common occupation was Professional Occupations (63%). This was followed by Postdoctoral Researchers, at 19%.
Education (40%), Professional, Scientific & Technical Activities (17%), and Human Health & Social Work Activities (12%) were the largest sectors for employment 9 months after graduation.
5.3 Employed Graduates – County of Employment
Of the graduates in employment, 83% were employed in Ireland, while 17% were employed overseas. Of those employed in Ireland, Dublin (45%), Cork (16%) and Galway (9%) were the most popular counties of employment.
Of those employed overseas, Great Britain (27%), United States (14%) and Germany (9%) were the most popular countries of employment.
5.4 Employed Graduates – Salary
The majority of Postgraduate Research Graduates were employees (94%) 9 months after graduation. A further 5% were self-employed, freelance or starting their own business.
Over half (53%) were on permanent or open-ended contracts. One-third (35%) were on fixed-term contracts with a duration of 12 months, while 7% were on fixed-term contracts with a duration of less than 12 months. The remaining were on temporary contracts, casual or employed through an agency.
Excluding those who refused to disclose their salary (41%), one-fifth (22%) reported a salary range of €35,000 – €39,999. Almost half (49%) reported a salary range between €30,000 – €44,999.
5.5 Employed Graduates – Placement/Work Experience
In total, 84% of graduates did not partake in any placements or work experience.
The most common placement length was more than 6 months (51%), followed by 4-6 months (24%). One-fifth (18%) were more than 6 weeks but less than 4 months and only 6% were less than 6 weeks long.
5.6 Employed Graduates – Relevance and Need
Most graduates considered their Area of Study Very Relevant or Relevant to their job (79%). Similarly, 76% of graduates considered their Level of Study Very Relevant or Relevant to their job.
More than half (54%) of graduates stated that their qualifications or subjects studied were a formal requirement for their job. One-fifth (18%) stated that the qualification was not a formal requirement for the job, yet gave them an advantage. One-tenth (12%) were already in the job when they had received the qualification.
5.7 Employed Graduates – Source of Job
Looking at the source of employment, 17% had personal contacts. A further 17% had already worked there previously (this includes previous placements or work experience) and 14% used recruitment sites.
Further Study Outcomes
In Further Study: Graduates are considered to be in further study 9 months after graduation if they are enrolled in either full-time or part-time further study or training.
Overall, only 3% of Postgraduate Research Graduates pursued further study. For the most part, this consists of Masters Research graduates pursuing Doctoral programmes. Due to the low numbers, an in-depth analysis is not included.
Unemployment & Other Activities
This section relates only to graduates who are “Unemployed” or “Engaged in Other Activities”, as defined below. Thus, all figures reflect only these cohorts of graduates.
Unemployed: Unemployed graduates consist of graduates who are unemployed or looking for a job 9 months after graduation.
Engaged in Other Activities: Other activities include caring for family members or others, travelling, volunteering, illness, retirement, unemployed yet not seeking employment, and other.
5.8 Unemployed Graduates
Overall, only 3% of Postgraduate Research Graduates were unemployed and looking for work. Of these, 63% have been looking for a job since graduation. One-tenth reported being let go, made redundant or their contract had ended. A further 17% stated “Other” reasons for unemployment.
In total, 2% of Postgraduate Research Graduates reported being engaged in other activities. The most popular types of activities were retirement (27%), caring for a family member or other (24%) and travelling (11%).
This section relates to ALL Postgraduate Research Graduates surveyed.
5.9 Reflections – Study Same Area/Qualification
Graduates were asked if they would study the same area of study again – 83% said they were Very Likely or Likely. Similarly, 81% of graduates said they were Very Likely or Likely to study the same qualification again.
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