Longitudinal Educational Outcomes (LEO) from Univerisities: 2016/17: Scotland

This Official Statistics release presents employment and earnings outcomes for graduates of higher education five years after graduation.

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Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD)

Table 3 shows the median total earnings for graduates from Scottish Institutions five years after graduation split by Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation quintiles. It shows that median total earnings decreases sequentially with each quintile as deprivation increases, from the highest earnings in Q5 – 20% least deprived areas to the lowest earnings in Q1 – 20% most deprived areas. Individuals from Q5 – 20% least deprived areas who graduated in 2010/11 earned £28,300 in 2016/17 compared to those from Q1 – 20% most deprived areas who earned £24,600 in 2016/17.

The differences in earnings between quintiles may be partially reflected by subject and institution choice. Individuals from the 20% most deprived areas are less likely to attend certain universities than those from other areas, and are less likely to do Medicine and Engineering[3] which have higher median earnings.

Table 3: Median total earnings of graduates* by SIMD five years after graduation, 2016/17 tax year

SIMD Quintile Median total earnings
2010/11 cohort (£)
Q1 - 20% Most Deprived 24,600
Q2 26,100
Q3 26,200
Q4 27,000
Q5 - 20% Least Deprived 28,300

*Scottish domiciled First degree qualifiers 2010/11. Hours worked are not taken into account.
(Note: SIMD 2009 has been used in this release, as this was the index available during the 2010/11 academic year.)



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