UK graduate careers and salaries
The international student salary premium
Many students return home to find work after finishing their studies. According to the Department for Business Information and Skills Tracking International Graduate Outcomes 2011 , on average international students who study in the UK command much higher salaries during their careers than students who study in their home country.
Recent graduates returning to China for work receive an average starting salary that is 135% higher than that of students who studied at home. For Indian students, the premium is even greater: they earn 200% more than students who studied in India!
In terms of actual money earned, the average starting salary for recently graduated international students who return home to work is £18,406. For graduates in their third year out, this figure rises to £20,574.
*According to the Department for Business Information and Skills – Tracking International Graduate Outcomes 2011
After your studies
International students who study a degree course in the UK often pursue highly skilled and specialised roles. For this reason, many undergraduate students decide to extend their studies even further, often staying in the UK to do a postgraduate / postgraduate research course.
The best qualified and highest paid international graduates tend to be the most geographically mobile. Many may end up working for large multi-national companies such as management consultancies or financial institutions that provide opportunities to live and work in different countries. According to the Department for Business Information and Skills, the top employment sectors for students graduating in 2010 were ‘education’ (20%), ‘financial and insurance activities’ (175), and ‘professional, scientific and technical activities’ (15%).