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UK graduate careers and salaries

The attractiveness of UK graduate careers and salaries is a major reason why international students choose to study in the UK. We look at the potential rewards for your hard work!

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 pdf icon, 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.

UK graduate salaries

*According to the Department for Business Information and Skills – Tracking International Graduate Outcomes 2011 pdf icon

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%).