Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) graduates have the joint highest average earnings one year after graduating, new data has revealed.

Figures from the UK Department for Education’s (DfE) Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) show that, one year after graduation, Glasgow Caledonian’s UK-based graduates’ average earnings are the joint highest of all Scottish universities – alongside Robert Gordon’s – at £25,900.

Among the Scottish modern universities, Glasgow Caledonian’s graduates were consistently among the highest paid after three and five years, ranked second in Scotland among this group of universities.

The University is joint 12th in the UK for graduates’ average earnings one year after graduation (£25,900).

The study also shows that Glasgow Caledonian is in the top 15 higher education institutions (HEIs) in the UK for sustained employment, further study or both, one and five years after graduating.

Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Steve Decent said: “I am pleased to see Glasgow Caledonian ranked so highly for employability and salary levels.

“These results reflect the University’s work with employers in the private, public and third sectors to ensure that our wonderful graduates and curriculum meets the needs of the labour market.”

The LEO data presents employment and earnings outcomes for UK-based first-degree graduates one, three and five years after graduation. The latest dataset is based on figures from the 2020-21 tax year and relates to the graduating cohort of 2014-15, 2016-17 and 2018-19.

The study demonstrates that, five years after graduation, Glasgow Caledonian graduates’ median earnings were higher compared to the Scottish average in ten of our 16 subject areas.

At a subject level, graduates in the Health and social care subject area had the highest average earnings at both one and three years after graduation (£33,200 and £35,600 respectively).