This report from The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, looks at first destinations of disabled graduates.

Using the 2015 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, this report explores differences in rates and type of employment for first-degree, higher taught and higher research degree graduates. It finds that disabled graduates at all levels are more likely to be unemployed or in part-time work, whilst graduates with social/Autistic Spectrum Disorder had the lowest proportion in full-time work and highest unemployment rate.


  • Disability disclosure levels were higher at first degree level (13.0%) than at higher degree level (taught) (9.1%) and higher degree level (research) (8.4%), all of which were higher than the previous year.
  • At all qualification levels, the proportion of disabled graduates who were unemployed was higher than for non-disabled graduates; for first-time graduates this was 6.6% for those with disability compared to 4.5% of those without. 
  • Graduates with a social/ Autistic Spectrum Disorder have the lowest proportion in full-time employment and the highest rate of unemployment at all levels; for first-time graduates these figures are 32.9% in full-time work and 17% unemployed.

To read more from AGCAS, visit their website.