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Engineering graduates for UK Manufacturing: further confirmation of the evident minimal impact of possible workforce-planning policy responses to sectoral shortage reports (Research paper no 125)

Looks at the ‘leakage’ of engineering graduates from the sectors of the economy they might be expected to enter and especially from their natural manufacturing sub-sectors. Uses data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) six-month and three-and-a half year surveys to expand on previous research into the problem of engineering graduate shortages in manufacturing. Looks at the effects of starting salary levels, whether people settle into different careers at three years as opposed to six months after graduation and whether leakage of graduates with Masters degrees is less than for those with Bachelors degrees. Finds that there is not a strong correlation between the average salaries offered by sectors and the flow of engineering graduates into them suggesting that offering more money to graduates would not reduce skill shortages. Reports also that leakage after three years was slightly more than after six months and that having a Masters degree had little overall impact on leakage rates. Discusses the demand for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) graduates more widely and the role of leakage in STEMS skills policy.


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