5. Postgraduate Research Graduates
Overview of Graduate Population
- In 2018, there were 1,710 graduates (down from 1,733 in 2017)
- The large majority completed Doctoral programmes (77%)
- More than half were males (52%)
- Most studied Natural Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, followed by Health & Welfare
5.1 Most Important Activity – Field of Study
Nine months after graduation, 88.5% of graduates were in employment. This was highest amongst Education graduates (97.1%), followed by Health & Welfare (91.2%).
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”.
5.2 Employed Graduates – Occupation/Sector
Of the graduates in employment, the most common occupation was Professional Occupations (59.2%). This was followed by Postdoctoral Researchers, at 20.8%.
Education (42.4%), Professional, Scientific & Technical Activities (15.7%), and Human Health & Social Work Activities (13.7%) were the largest sectors for employment 9 months after graduation.
5.3 Employed Graduates – County of Employment
Of the graduates in employment, 84% were employed in Ireland, while 16% were employed overseas. Of those employed in Ireland, Dublin (43%), Cork (13%) and Galway (11%) were the most popular counties of employment.
Of those employed overseas, Great Britain (28%), United States (19%) and the Netherlands (8%) 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 (32%) were on fixed-term contracts with a duration of 12 months, while 8% 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, 19.4% reported a salary range of €35,000 – €39,999. A further 15.2% earned between €50,000 – €59,999 nine months after graduation.
5.5 Employed Graduates – Placement/Work Experience
In total, 79.2% of graduates did not partake in any placements or work experience.
The most common placement length was more than 6 months (53%), followed by 4-6 months (20%). One-fifth (15%) were more than 6 weeks but less than 4 months and 12% were less than 6 weeks long.
5.6 Employed Graduates – Relevance and Need
Most graduates considered their course Very Relevant or Relevant to their job (72%).
More than half (51.5%) of graduates stated that their qualification was a formal requirement for their job. One-fifth (21.5%) stated that the qualification was not a formal requirement for the job, yet gave them an advantage. A further 14.9% were already in the job when they had received the qualification.
5.7 Employed Graduates – Source of Job
One-fifth (23%) had already worked there (up from 17% in 2017) – this includes previous placements or work experience. A further 14% found their job through recruitment sites. Similarly, 14% found their job through personal contacts.
Overall, only 4% 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.
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.
5.8 Unemployed Graduates
Overall, only 5% of Postgraduate Research Graduates were unemployed and looking for work. Of these, 37.8% have been looking for a job since graduation. More than one-fifth (26.8%) were made redundant or their contract had ended. A further 14.5% had been travelling but now looking for a job.
In total, 3% of Postgraduate Research Graduates reported being engaged in other activities. One-fifth of these graduates were retired, and another fifth (19%) were engaged in home duties.
This section relates to ALL Postgraduate Research Graduates surveyed.
5.9 Reflections – Study Same Course Again
Graduates were asked if they would study the same course again – 65.9% said they were Very Likely or Likely.
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