Earnings of York Computer Science graduates among top in country

Posted on 26 June 2018

In new research produced by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the relative 'earning power' for some graduates of Computer Science courses at York ranks as 5th in the UK.

The IFS's findings are based on difference in earnings by subject and university choice, five years after graduation, and indicate that studying computing at York has a positive impact of +£15,173 on male graduate salaries. 

Explaining the research's background and methodology, IFS wrote:

'In this research, we use a new dataset of school, university and tax records created by the Department for Education to investigate returns to different degree courses. We examine the raw differences in earnings and the returns to degrees holding prior attainment, socioeconomic background, region and ethnicity fixed. These results focus on earnings five years after graduation for those in sustained employment. We use PAYE earnings, include HE dropouts and look at cohorts graduating university between 2008 and 2012.'

Notably, earnings for different professions vary over time and the study's figures for computing at York were based on male computing students graduating between 2008 and 2012.