Edinburgh graduate employment tops 90%

Employment levels for Edinburgh graduates have reached 94 per cent, according to a survey for the Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE).

The survey showed that 80 per cent of this number were in graduate-level employment.

Edinburgh graduate success rate compares with figures of 68 per cent graduate employment for the UK and 73 per cent for Scotland.


The survey further outlined that salaries have risen for Edinburgh’s full-time first-degree UK-based graduates who enter full-time employment in the UK.

Edinburgh graduate’s average salary for 2015 is almost £23,300, compared with £22,700 in 2014 and £22,300 in 2013.

This compares with a UK figure of almost £20,500 and the Scottish figure of £22,000.

The median Edinburgh salary for first-time graduates also increased from £21,000 to £22,000.

Edinburgh Graduates Worldwide

Edinburgh graduates are employed around the world, working in more than 100 countries for 2500 employers.

Graduates from Edinburgh work in diverse range of sectors and their degrees take them in many directions.

Careers Service

Edinburgh’s Careers Service aims to provide careers education, information, advice and guidance which expands the horizons of students and recent graduates of the University.

The Career's Service develops and delivers opportunities for meaningful employer-student interactions and provides access to a wide range of part-time, vacation and graduate opportunities available.

“I will be eternally grateful for the supervision and guidance of my dissertation supervisor and the Careers Service. Listening to their advice meant I managed to complete a dissertation that I am able to discuss extensively in interviews. The process I went through has given me the confidence and skills I needed to help me find employment.

Rosemarie Middlehurst - MA (Hons) LinguisticsVoluntary Service Overseas, International Citizen Service programme

It’s great to see the continued and diverse success of our graduates in fulfilling their potential and launching their career journeys. I really hope it inspires our current students to be career curious and to engage with the Careers Service and their future opportunities.

Shelagh GreenDirector, Careers Service