The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. has launched the National Employer Survey 2018. The survey, completed in Q2 2018, has shown that employers are very satisfied with graduate recruits across a range of personal and workplace attributes, including computer and technical literacy, working effectively with others and numeracy/processing numerical data.
The National Employer Survey is a joint project undertaken by the Higher Education Authority, Quality and Qualifications Ireland and SOLAS which aims to ascertain employers’ views on the overall quality of recent higher education and further education and training (FET) and graduates, any barriers to graduate recruitment and collaboration between business and educational institutions.
Responses to the survey came from 760 organisations, 535 of which had recruited recent graduates from the higher education and further education sectors.
Some of the key findings included:
• Overall satisfaction with higher education graduates was 86%. For FET graduates overall satisfaction was 84%.
• Satisfaction levels for higher education graduates are highest for computer and technology literacy at 88%, working effectively with others at 87% and effective verbal communication at 85%.
• FET graduates scored highest for working effectively with others at 89%, effective verbal communication at 85% and working effectively on their own at 85%.
• The satisfaction with the computer and technology literacy of FET graduates is very high at 83%.
• Other strong results were recorded for working effectively with others at 87% for higher education and 89% for FET and effective verbal communication at 85% for both sets of graduates.
Launching the results of the survey, Minister McHugh said, “I am delighted to note the high level of satisfaction that employers express in graduates. First and foremost what this survey shows is that we have a very high calibre of graduate coming out of third level.
Employers clearly see the value that graduates from Ireland’s education and training sectors are adding to their business. And this is improving all the time.
Graduates are fulfilling the needs of all parts of the economy and their positive impact is being felt in all companies, regardless how big or small, the sector or where they are headquartered.”
Read the report in full here.