Here’s what graduates from Irish colleges can expect to earn in the workplace
A new study has revealed some eyebrow-raising figures...
A report by the Higher Education Authority has shone a light on which particular college graduates earn the most money in Irish workplaces, with prominent Dublin-based universities at the top of the list.
Students attending Trinity College Dublin boast the highest average earnings after graduation, followed by Dublin City University and University College Dublin.
Per the study, graduates of regional colleges earn comparatively less, with Letterkenny IT, IT Tralee and IT Sligo listed at the bottom of the salary league table.
Undergraduates from Trinity College Dublin are said to earn an average of €744 per week within four years of graduation, with DCU and UCD undergraduates on €725 and €720 per week, respectively.
As far as institutes of technology are concerned, Dublin Institute of Technology undergrads rank highest on an average of €682 per week four years after concluding their studies, while Letterkenny IT (€501), IT Tralee (€532) and (€554) represent the lowest figures.
Graduates from teaching institutions also record notably high earnings post-graduation, with students from St. Angela's College in Sligo earning a gross average of €713 per week in comparison with St. Patrick's College in Dublin (€703) and Limerick's Mary Immaculate College (€678).
In general, the wage gap widens over time. Previously, there was a gap of €257 in weekly earnings between Trinity College and Letterkenny IT, recorded four years after graduation.
After eight years, that gap grew to slightly over €400 between the highest weekly earnings – UCD at €1,017 – and Letterkenny on €615.
"This detailed dataset provides policy makers and institutions with a comprehensive knowledge of labour market earnings patterns after graduation and describes the factors which influence students’ course choices and their subsequent early-stage earnings," said Higher Education Authority CEO Dr Alan Wall.
"This will help institutions and other stakeholders in providing students with appropriate career advice and relevant information on their course choices," he added.
You can review the full report here.