The employment rate of UdA graduates is nearly 100%
On Thursday, 9 January 2020, the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education of Andorra (Agència de Qualitat de l’Ensenyament Superior d’Andorra – AQUA) presented their second study on the employability of graduates of higher education in Andorra, which confirms an employment rate of nearly 100% for graduates who have obtained a university degree or an Advanced Professional Diploma in Andorra.
Specifically, of the 207 respondents, the great majority of whom studied at the University of Andorra, only 7 were unemployed at the time of the survey (first quarter of 2019), whereas 4 respondents were unemployed for reasons such as furthering their education.
The study provides data on the workforce insertion levels of these young people at two different periods: just after completing their studies and a few years later. A total of 207 graduates of higher education from 2013-2014, 2014-2015, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 have been interviewed.
Although the study does not reflect whether these graduates work in the field for which they received training, 70% work in skilled labour positions, and half were asked for a specific higher education qualification at the time of recruitment.
The report highlights that between 55 and 75% of respondents (depending on the graduating class) have a permanent employment contract. In addition, most respondents claim that they found work before finishing their studies or within 1 to 3 months of finishing.
The report also finds that the level of satisfaction of graduates regarding their work and their degree is very high (notably high). In fact, between 85 and 90% (according to the graduating class) would study for the same degree again and between 74 and 84% would do so at the same institution.
Finally, in regards to field of study, there are no significant differences, although graduates in the IT field enjoy a higher employment rate and they tend to have higher salaries, followed by nursing graduates.
Date of publication: 9 January 2020