Measuring Up

Benchmarking Graduate Retention

Tyers C, Perryman S, Barber L | Report 401 | Institute for Employment Studies | May 2003

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Retention levels of new-graduate staff can vary amongst employers according to a number of factors. These include company size, industrial sector and the type of role on offer.

Employers also vary in their level of commitment to monitoring retention, and in the range of methods used to retain graduates fresh out of university.

Managing expectations, and the monitoring of retention by employers, are both vital in retaining new-graduate staff, who often require significant 'up-front' investment. However, monitoring is of little value if it is not linked to pre-recruitment and performance information, and does not inform future planning.