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Scottish graduates earn more money!

New findings show graduates leaving Scottish universities have the best average starting salaries in the UK

Published: 12/07/2016

Good news for graduates leaving Scottish universities as new findings reveal they have the best average starting salaries in the UK.

According to data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the median earnings for graduates who left a Scottish university in 2014-15 and went into full-time work were £22,000 a year.  This was £1,000 more than the same figure for English students and £2,000 above median earnings for those who attended university in Northern Ireland or Wales.

Scotland also had the highest proportion of any of the UK nations of graduates finding professional work after studying for their first degree.

A total of 65 per cent of Scottish graduates who had just completed their degrees went into a job in 2014-15, with 72 per cent of those landing professional roles.

These results show that Scottish graduates are in a much better position on leaving university and starting a career than the rest of UK.

Minister for further and higher education Shirley-Anne Somerville said: “Graduates are vital to the Scottish economy, so it is encouraging that first degree graduates from Scottish institutions are earning the highest median salaries in the UK.

“Today’s figures are testament to the quality and success of our world-class universities and the students who attend them.

“I would like to congratulate all of the recent graduates for their hard work and achievements which has allowed them to go into employment or further study.”

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