Press release

million+ comments on employment outcomes report

01 Oct 2015

The university think tank million+ has commented on a report published today (1 October) by the Higher Education Funding Council for England on the destinations of students who graduated in the 2008 recession. The report shows that three-and-a-half years after leaving university 96.4 per cent of graduates were in employment and nearly 80 per cent were employed in professional jobs or undertaking further study.

Pam Tatlow, Chief Executive of the university think-tank million+ said:

“This report confirms that graduates do well whatever the labour market conditions but the suggestion that 20% of graduates are still in non-professional jobs three years after graduating is misleading and underplays graduate success in the jobs market. The definitions applied to these non-professional jobs are out of date. Many are early career posts which lead to professional portfolios.

Studying for a degree remains one of the best decisions that anyone can make in an ever-changing employment market”.


Notes to Editors

1. For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Pam Tatlow on 020 7717 1658 or email
2. million+ is a leading university think-tank. More information can be found at
3. The report is available on the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s website: