03 Nov'17

Increase in graduates entering coding and software jobs

Prospects released a ‘What do graduates do 2017/18’ report.


The research provides insights and analysis from the HESA’s Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.


The editor of the report, Edward Prichard, stated that this is a ‘source of information about what happens to UK university graduates’ and ‘it helps the next generation of graduates to understand the nature of the labour market’.


From the 184,410 graduates (studying a range of degrees) surveyed, 4.3% became an Information Technology professional. The most popular sector of employment is ‘Health professional’ at 16.9%, the least popular sector of employment (not including unknown or other occupation) was Science professionals at 1.1%.


When comparing this year’s report with last year’s, they found that there were large rises in graduates entering roles in ‘nursing, graphic design, marketing, art, sports, cinematography and photography, finance and accounting, and coding and software development.’ Another increase was the number of graduates choosing further study.


The report discusses the uncertainty of graduate employment that is ahead of us. One of the reasons for this is Brexit.  Charlie Ball, an author of this report, suggests that ‘some very serious adjustments to the business models of the international organisations that are so important to graduate employment in the UK’ will be made. However, Ball adds that ‘it is unlikely that the national appetite for graduates will wane significantly anytime soon’.


Here are some percentages of graduates that become a ‘information technology professionals from different degree topics:

Biology –  1.8% (of 2405)

English – 1.4% (of 5445)

Computer science –  61.5% (of 7300)

Performing arts – 0.9% (of 2650)

Marketing – 1.8% (of 2555)

Economics – 2.9% (of 3300)


Prospects states that ‘the majority of organisations depend on the design, implementation and management of IT.’ It is the necessity that drives people to a career in IT?