Last week, I attended a conference at the University of Warwick. The theme was how careers professionals can support the transitions of researchers into employment. Alison Osborne from jobs.ac.uk shared some very useful data from the site. Here are a few of the highlights:
- 89% of doctoral graduates find employment on open-ended contracts 7 to 9 years after graduating
- 36% of these are in teaching
- There were 65,000 job vacancies on the site in 2015. 49% were academic jobs (of which 7% were research and the rest academic/teaching roles), 23% were professional roles, 12% clerical and 6% technical.
- More academic roles are available in the North of England while pure teaching and research roles are more common in the South East.
- The range of job titles is extremely diverse and it is therefore important for job seekers to look beyond the job title.
- The three largest areas for recruitment were Engineering and Physical Sciences, Social Sciences and Life and Medical Sciences. The least number was in sport.
- The three largest areas of recruitment (above) offer the most generous salaries.
- The peak times for vacancies are: Research (May, June, and October), Lecturing (April, May, and June), Fellowships (June/July).
- International experience is becoming increasingly valued.
- The TEF will probably increase the number of teaching opportunities but may alter the requirements
Donald Lush, Careers Consultant for PhD students