Sunday 28th May, 2017

DUBLIN, Ireland - Information technology graduates are more likely than others to earn 29,000 euros or more, according to the Higher Education Authority's latest survey of Irish college leavers.

According to the survey, 57 percent of those who received an honors degree in information and communication technologies were earning 29,000 euros or more one year on, making them the highest earning graduates.

Meanwhile, the United Kingdom was a popular foreign destination.

Those with qualifications in education were most likely to be working one year on, followed by ICT graduates. 

Almost half of 2015's honors degree graduates were earning less than 25,000 euros one year on.

In line with previous years, arts and humanities graduates appear to be the least well paid, with 21 percent earning less than 13,000 euros a year after graduation.

Further, 62 percent of those who left university in 2015 with an honors bachelor degree were employed the following spring, including 53 percent of graduates working in Ireland.

The figures reaffirmed the strong link between level of qualification and immediate job prospects - 80 percent of master's or doctorate graduates and 78 percent of those with a higher or post-graduate diploma were in employment nine months after graduating in 2015.

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