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Complementing existing labour-market research on graduates, this study provides qualitative and quantitative data relating to graduates experiences in the labour market. The data presented here offers a clear picture of graduate employment and includes the time it takes graduates to find employment, the factors that influence employability, the types of jobs they find, their perceptions of the relation of the level of jobs they found to their qualifications and to the sectors of employment.

The report also looks at graduate unemployment, the period of unemployment and the reasons for unemployment. It reports on mobility in the South African labour market and what influences such mobility, and reviews the extent to which graduates move abroad and the reasons for deciding to move. It further investigates why the graduates surveyed chose to continue studying after obtaining their first degrees and reports on graduates perceptions of the skills they acquired through higher education.

For planners and employers, the report will inform long-term strategies aimed at developing an effective and appropriately trained workforce for South Africa. Prospective and current students will find the reports in-depth information on the way in which the graduate labour market works both useful and relevant.

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Pages : 48
ISBN 10 : 0 7969 2105 9
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2105-5
Publish Year : 2005

List of Tables and Figures
Introduction

1. Graduate employment
2. Unemployment
3.Mobility in the Labour Market
4.Plans to Move abroad
5. Further studies
6. Conclusion

Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
References

Ms Percy Moleke is a senior research specialist in the Employment and Economic Policy Research (EEPR) Programme at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). She holds a Masters degree in economics from the University of Georgia. Ms Moleke has extensive experience of labour market analysis, research design and methodology, research surveys, and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. She also has wide knowledge of the mining sector and the employment experiences of graduates, and is experienced in managing sector studies and identifying high-level skills gaps in the labour market.

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