Outcomes

Graduates’ earnings, labour market outcomes, economic growth, qualifications held by the population and incomes.

  • The post-study earnings and destinations of young, domestic graduates

    This series of fact sheets and associated data tables provide information on the outcomes for young people who complete a qualification at a tertiary education provider in the New Zealand tertiary education system. They look at differences in earnings and earnings premiums for graduates who complete qualifications at different levels and in different fields of study. They also look at destinations including what proportion of graduates are employed, in further study, overseas, or on a benefit.

    These fact sheets update the ones which were first published in March 2016. They also update the reports 'Moving on up', 'Looking at the employment outcomes of tertiary education', 'What young graduates earn when they leave study' and 'What young graduates do when they leave study'.

    Many of the results are also available via the easy-to-use and informative Compare Study Options tool on the Careers New Zealand website.

    Author(s): Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: June 2017

  • Moving places: Destinations and earnings of international graduates

    International students play an important role in New Zealand through the contribution they make to New Zealand’s economy, the diversity they bring to New Zealand and its education system, and the lifetime links that are created between their country and New Zealand.

    In this report, we look at what international graduates do and earn after they complete their tertiary education studies in the New Zealand tertiary education system.  We look at results for all graduates who have ever been international students and who have studied at a government-funded provider.  The report uses similar methodology to the recent series of fact sheets on Post-study earnings and destinations of young, domestic graduates.  We find that outcomes vary depending on the qualification level and field of study that a student has completed their qualification in, and also differ to those for young, domestic graduates.

    Author(s): Zaneta Park, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: February 2017

  • What did they do? The field of study of domestic graduates 2008-2015

    This report analyses the field of study of domestic graduates in the New Zealand tertiary education system between 2011 and 2015 for below bachelors level and between 2008 and 2015 for bachelors level or higher.

    Author(s): Warren Smart, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: November 2016

  • Profile & Trends 2015: Tertiary Education Outcomes and Qualification Completions [Part 2 of 6]

    This is edition 18 in an annual series on the tertiary education sector. Tertiary Education Outcomes and Qualification Completions is the second of six reports to be published in the Profile and Trends 2015 series.

    The key findings of Tertiary Education Outcomes and Qualification Completions for 2015 were:

    • 21 percent of adults held a bachelors or higher qualification, 18 percent held a level 4 to 7 diploma or certificate and 13 percent of adults held either a level 1 to 3 tertiary certificate, or other post-school qualification, as their highest qualification.
    • 161,000 tertiary education qualifications were completed, 22,500 by international students.
    • The median hourly earnings of people with a bachelors or higher qualification were 65 percent higher than for people without a qualification.

    Author(s): Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: August 2016

  • What are they doing? The field of study of domestic students/learners 2008-2015

    This report analyses the field of study of domestic students/learners in the New Zealand tertiary education system between 2011 and 2015 for below bachelors degree level and between 2008 and 2015 for bachelors level or higher.

    Author(s): Warren Smart, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: August 2016

  • School to work: What matters? Education and Employment of Young People Born in 1991

    This study explores the education and employment experiences of young people born in 1991. The main purpose of the study is to explore the kinds of employment and labour market measures that can be derived from data in Statistics New Zealand Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) and how these vary across groups of young people with different educational experiences and achievement.

    Author(s): David Earle, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: June 2016

  • What did they do? The field of study of domestic graduates 2011-2014

    This report analyses the field of study of domestic graduates from the New Zealand tertiary education system between 2011 and 2014.

    Author(s): Warren Smart, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: January 2016

  • Profile & Trends 2014: Tertiary Education Outcomes and Qualification Completions [Part 4 of 5]

    This is edition 17 in an annual series on the tertiary education sector. Profile & Trends 2014: Tertiary Education Outcomes and Qualification Completions is the fourth of five new annual reports that, together, constitute the Ministry of Education's annual publication Profile & Trends: New Zealand's Tertiary Education Sector.

    The key findings of Tertiary Education Outcomes and Qualification Completions in 2014 were:

    • The proportion of adults with a bachelors or higher qualification continued to increase from 20 percent in 2013 to 21 percent in 2014.
    • In 2014, 163,000 tertiary education qualifications were completed, 19,200 by international students.
    • From 2009 to 2014, the course completion rates increased for all ethnic groups, with the largest increases for Māori and Pasifika students.

    Author(s): Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: December 2015

  • Social and cultural outcomes for wānanga students

    This report provides descriptive breakdowns of the relationships between having studied at a wānanga and language, culture and socio-economic wellbeing. The appendix to the report provides further analysis controlling for background characteristics of wānanga students, which confirms the descriptive analysis in the main part of this report.

    Author(s): Chris Lane and David Earle [Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis - Graduate Achievement, Vocations and Careers: Ministry of Education]

    Date Published: December 2015

  • What young graduates do when they leave study

    This report focuses on the destinations of young domestic graduates. It complements our recent publication 'What young graduates earn when they leave study' which looks at the earnings of young graduates who remain in New Zealand. In this report, we focus on differences in what graduates do rather than what they earn after they complete their studies. We look not only at those who remain in New Zealand but also those who go overseas.

    We also investigate whether trends in what graduates do after they complete their studies have changed in the last eight years or not (looking in detail at cohorts who graduated in 2003 to 2010). Comparing current figures to these historical ones finds that overseas rates have changed little over the past eight years, but employment, benefit and further study rates have changed, particularly during the recent global financial crisis.

    This page includes two downloadable excel spreadsheets. These show results for young domestic graduates who complete qualifications at different levels and in different fields of study.

    Author(s): Zaneta Park, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: June 2014

  • The outcomes of tertiary education for Māori graduates

    This report looks at the earnings and outcomes for young Māori and non-Māori who complete a qualification in the New Zealand tertiary education system. It replicates the methodology of Moving on up – what young people earn after their tertiary education (Mahoney et al, 2013) to examine differences in incomes and employment rates for different types of qualifications by ethnic group.

    Author(s): Paul Mahoney, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: June 2014

  • Was it worth it? Do low-income New Zealand student loan borrowers increase their income after studying for a tertiary qualification?

    This report looks at student loan borrowers living in New Zealand 20 to 50 years of age with pre-study incomes below the student loan repayment threshold.

    Author(s): Ralf Engler, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: June 2014

  • Men and women moving on up

    This report looks at the earnings and outcomes for young men and women who complete a qualification in the New Zealand tertiary education system. It replicates the methodology of Moving on up – what young people earn after their tertiary education (Mahoney et al, 2013) to examine differences in incomes and employment rates for different types of qualifications by gender.

    Author(s): Paul Mahoney, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: June 2014

  • The outcomes of tertiary education for Pasifika graduates

    This report looks at the earnings and outcomes for young Pasifika and non-Pasifika who complete a qualification in the New Zealand tertiary education system. It replicates the methodology of Moving on up – what young people earn after their tertiary education (Mahoney et al, 2013) to examine differences in incomes and employment rates for different types of qualifications by ethnic group.

    Author(s): Paul Mahoney, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education

    Date Published: June 2014

  • What young graduates earn when they leave study

    This report looks at the outcomes for young people who complete a qualification in the New Zealand tertiary education system. It looks at differences in incomes for different types of qualifications. The information in this report can help young people as they make decisions about what to study.

    The data on earnings and destinations updates two previous reports: 'Moving on up' and 'Looking at the employment outcomes of tertiary education'. The data is also available in a query tool 'Compare Study Options' on the Careers New Zealand website. This page also includes two downloadable excel spreadsheets that contain the underlying data.

    Author(s): Zaneta Park, Paul Mahoney, Warren Smart, Roger Smyth, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: May 2014

  • Looking at the employment outcomes of tertiary education: New data on the earnings of young graduates

    This report looks at the outcomes for young people who complete a qualification in the New Zealand tertiary education system. It looks at differences in incomes for different types of qualifications. The information in this report can help young people as they make decisions about what to study.

    The data on earnings and destinations updates a previous report 'Moving on up'. The data is also available in a query tool Compare Study Options on the Careers New Zealand website. This page also includes two downloadable excel spreadsheets that contain the underlying data.

    Author(s): Zaneta Park, Paul Mahoney, Warren Smart, Roger Smyth, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: October 2013

  • Slow repayers: The characteristics of borrowers who make slow progress in reducing their student loans

    This report looks at people who used the Student Loan Scheme (SLS) and left tertiary study between 2000 and 2006, and focuses on those who make slow progress towards repaying their loans.

    Author(s): Nick Chen and Michael Webster, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: March 2013

  • Moving on up: What young people earn after their tertiary education

    This report forms part of a series called Beyond Tertiary Study. It looks at the outcomes for young people who complete a qualification in the New Zealand tertiary education system. It looks at differences in incomes and employment rates for different types of qualifications. So the information in this report can help young people as they make decisions about what to study.

    Author(s): Paul Mahoney, Zaneta Park and Roger Smyth, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: January 2013

  • Employment outcomes for ECE teaching graduates

    This report looks at the post-study employment and earnings for ECE teaching graduates over a five year period following the completion of their qualification. The research provides information on the make-up of ECE teaching graduates, and aims to provide insights on how attractive the ECE sector may be in terms of recruiting, retaining and renumerating ECE teaching graduates.

    Author(s): Temaleti Tupou and David Scott, ECE Analysis, Education Information and Analysis, Ministry of Education.

    Date Published: March 2012

  • Going abroad: What do we know about people going overseas after tertiary study?

    This report looks at people who used the Student Loan Scheme while undertaking tertiary study, and then went overseas. It profiles those overseas and looks at the characteristics of those who return to New Zealand and of those who stay away

    The analysis finds that at any point in time, a high proportion of borrowers will be overseas-based. Of those who were found to have returned, most did so after a reasonably short period – three years or less. But a large proportion had been away for longer than three years and was still based overseas at the end of our data series.

    While those overseas have poor student loan repayment records overall, those who return make good progress in repaying loans. Those who return repay at a slightly faster rate than those who never went overseas, in part because they are more likely to have higher qualifications that lead to higher earnings.

    Author(s): Roger Smyth, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis, Ministry of Education and Deborah Spackman, Statistics New Zealand.

    Date Published: January 2012

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