Update to the Earnings data for 3- and 5-years after graduation

We recently discovered that some Unistats earnings data was based on a smaller sample than the data allowed. This was due to a data linking error. We corrected the graduate earnings data on 22nd June 2022. This has led to some changes in the earnings data for students three and five years after graduation.

The affected earnings data is based on the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset which uses government tax records to find earnings data for graduates from courses taught at institutions in England, Wales and Scotland. LEO data is not available for Northern Ireland. We do not publish LEO data for individual courses, this earnings data is always grouped into subject areas for two years’ worth of graduates.

How might this affect me?

If you visited the “Earnings after the course” section of a course page between 7th October 2021 and 14th June 2022, you may have seen graduate earnings information based on a smaller sample than intended. The new data includes a larger proportion of graduates and should therefore be more reliable. These changes may not affect how you think about the course, but you may wish to revisit the course pages to view the updated information.

Has other data about earnings on Unistats been affected?

There have been some consequential changes to the earnings data we can publish for graduates 15-months after their course. This is because all of the earnings information in this section is summarised in similar ways to make comparisons as meaningful as possible. The way the data is treated or aggregated is dependent on the amount of LEO data available. As a result of more LEO data being available, the earnings data for graduates 15-months after their course may now be published at a more or less detailed level.

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