Employers back Australian university graduates

Australian employers have backed the nation’s university graduates, according to the results of the 2022 Employer Satisfaction Survey. 

The survey reports the views of 3,452 employers regarding recent graduates from higher education institutions, including universities and non-university higher education institutions.  

The Government-funded survey is the largest of its kind and found 84.1 per cent of employers are satisfied with recent graduates across all subjects. 

Employers reported highest overall satisfaction with engineering and related technologies graduates at 90.2 per cent. 

Information technology graduates (86.5 per cent) also reported very high satisfaction levels. 

Graduates from education studies (85.6 per cent) agriculture and environmental studies (84.6 per cent), health (84.4 per cent), natural and physical sciences (82.3 per cent) and management and commerce (81.5 per cent) also recorded strong employer satisfaction levels. 

The Employer Satisfaction Survey is part of the Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching survey program with a report on the results published here

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Jason Clare: 

“Nine out of 10 jobs in the future are going to require you to finish school and go to university or TAFE. 

“Our higher education system is only going to get more important in the decades to come. 

“It’s positive to see so many employers satisfied with recent graduates, but there is always more work that can be done to better prepare students for the world of work. This is something the Universities Accord is looking into.”