Employment outcomes for tertiary education graduates for different tertiary providers

Find out what proportion of graduates are in employment, overseas, receiving benefits or in further study and what they earn. You can filter this information by qualification level, field of study and tertiary education provider.

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  • Students
  • Parents, Caregivers and Whānau
  • Teachers and Kaiako
  • Researchers

Tertiary students and future students can find out about the employment outcomes of graduates that have preceded them.

Access the data

You can use the data to compare graduates’ outcomes from tertiary providers delivering the same or similar fields of study. You can also find out about the outcomes of graduates in different fields of study at the same provider. 

If you have any questions about the provider-level employment outcomes data, email sectorhelpdesk@tec.govt.nz

For information on individual courses and career paths

This data does not give information on individual courses or career paths.

Things to consider when using this data

Outcomes are influenced by a range of factors

Graduates' outcomes are influenced by a range of factors outside of tertiary providers' control. These include different regional labour markets, individuals' choices and other qualifications obtained by graduates.

Outcomes are grouped by qualification subject area, not specific qualifications

This higher level of grouping is used because in many cases there are too few graduates at individual qualification level for any meaningful data to be able to be produced. In some cases qualifications that are likely to give graduates different outcomes are grouped together. For example, graduates with a bachelor in oral health (needed to become a dental hygienist) and a bachelor of dental surgery (needed to become a dentist) will be grouped together under dentistry.

Employment rates are lower than other data sources

Graduates are not considered employed if they are in further study, are overseas or are on a benefit for at least four months of the year. This ensures employment is likely to be the main activity for those who are classified as employed.  This definition differs from the definition used in the Household Labour Force Survey.

Income may appear lower than other sources

Income is not adjusted for hours worked so areas of study with a large number of graduates working part-time will appear to have graduated with lower incomes.

Older graduates are not included in this data

Earnings and destinations in this data are for young graduates only. Older graduates who complete similar qualifications will likely have different outcomes than younger graduates. The reason only younger graduates are included is that education has a more direct influence on outcomes for younger people, as other factors such as prior learning and work experience influence outcomes for older graduates. Further information on what constitutes a young graduate is in the explanatory notes within the spreadsheets.

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