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What are Recent Graduates’ Salary Expectations?

Talent Trends

This week, we took a look at the salary expectations of recent graduates from the Top 10 and Top 40 UK Universities.

When it comes to looking for a job, salary is often the most influential decision-making factor. Needless to say, salaries are important, and knowing what salary to offer is crucial to attracting the right kind of fresh talent for a role. So what do recent graduates expect to earn when they enter the workforce? Let’s take a look:

What are recent graduates’ salary expectations?

As expected, graduates from the Top 10 UK universities have slightly higher salary expectations than their counterparts from the Top 40. Whilst graduates from universities such as York, Manchester, and King’s College London have an average expectation of £23,371, those from Oxbridge, London School of Economics and Warwick anticipate a slightly higher salary of £25,341. This is an interesting difference considering that a number of Top 40 universities hold the same Russell Group status as some of the Top 10 institutions.

So what?

These results indicate how highly recent graduates perceive their worth and suggest that university rankings continue to play a role in this estimation. What is brought into question is how influential a Russell Group status is to graduates’ salary valuation. Whilst universities such as Liverpool and Bristol have Russell Group membership, their graduates generally expect lower salaries than those from Loughborough and St Andrews, which do not hold such membership. These results suggest that Russell Group status is not a prominent factor when graduates consider how much they expect to earn.

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Post written by Grace Dillon, Content Writer at TalentPool