Just one third of leaving students return from GB
Graduates from Northern Ireland's higher education institutes are more likely to be employed after leaving university than their peers that studied in England, Scotland or Wales, new figures have shown.
New statistics released by the Department of the Economy for the year 2015/16 show that within six months of graduation 78.8% of leavers were in some sort of employment, with this including part-time work and individuals both working and studying.
This compared to 73.9% for graduates from English institutions, 73.3% from Scottish institutions, and 72.4% from Welsh institutions.
Employment rates for graduates varied widely depending on subject, with medicine, dentistry, and education producing the highest rates of employment, and the mathematical sciences and physical sciences producing the lowest.
Out of the students from Northern Ireland who graduated in the 2015/16 cycle from an institution in Great Britain, just one-third of the number employed returned to work in Northern Ireland.
A total of 16,450 students from across the province were enrolled in universities in England, Scotland and Wales for the year in question.
The figures also showed a gender pay gap for new graduates.
Around six months after leaving male graduates reported an average salary of £22,425, while their female counterparts reported earnings of £20,955.