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Seven years on: graduates in the changing labour market

This project, funded by the ESRC and HECSU, explored the changing nature of the UK labour market and the position of graduates within the changing structure.

A book is being written on this project and the short report can be downloaded using the link on the right. Analyses already completed also include the following:

Purcell,K. and Elias, P. (2006) ‘Achieving Equality in the Knowledge Economy’, GeNet Working Paper no.15, 2006

Purcell, K., Wilton, N. and Elias, P. (2007) ‘Hard Lessons for Lifelong Learners? Mature graduates and Mass Higher Education’, Higher Education Quarterly, 61:1, pp.57-82.

Wilton, N. (2007 forthcoming) 'Does a management degree do the business for women in the graduate labour market?' Higher Education Quarterly.


Seven papers stemming directly from this project are also available to download in zipped Microsoft Word or PDF versions:

RP1 Measuring change in the graduate labour market
A study of the changing nature of the labour market for graduates and high level skills.
Zip (Word.doc) or PDF
RP2 Older and wiser? Age and experience in the graduate labour market
An investigation into the career paths and labour market outcomes for mature graduates.
Zip (Word.doc) or PDF
RP3 Higher education, skills and employment: careers and jobs in the graduate labour market
This paper reports on a detailed investigation into the nature of the work graduates do and the utilisation of skills and knowledge imparted via higher education.
Zip (Word.doc) or PDF
RP4 Higher education and gendered career development
An exploration of the gendered nature of graduate career paths and the gender gap in graduate earnings.
Zip (Word.doc) or PDF
RP5 The earnings of graduates in their early careers
A comparative analysis into the level of and growth in graduate earnings in their early careers.
Zip (Word.doc) or PDF
RP6 SOC(HE): a classification of occupations for studying the graduate labour market
The derivation and validation of a new classification of occupations for studying the relationship between higher education and employment.
Zip (Word.doc) or PDF
RP7 A fast track to management? Early career outcomes for business studies graduates in the knowledge economy
An examination of the career paths of those who took Business Studies as their first degree.
Zip (Word.doc) or PDF


Project Managers: Professor Kate Purcell, Professor Peter Elias

Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel: +44(0) 2476 523288
Fax: +44 (0) 2476 524241
Mobile: +44 (0) 7879692823

Kate Purcell 

Sponsors: ESRC, HECSU


Short Report (PDF Document)