18 April 2018

Unemployment among vocational graduates falls to pre-crisis levels

Universities of Applied Sciences (HBO) graduates) performed even better in 2017 than in 2016. Unemployment among graduates has fallen for the fourth consecutive year, from 4.6% in 2016 to 3.2% in 2017. Unemployment is thereby back to about the same level as in 2008, before the economic crisis. The education and healthcare sectors are doing particularly well, whereas graduates of arts and economics programmes are relatively less likely to have jobs within their own field. These results are presented in the HBO Monitor 2017, an annual survey conducted by the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at Maastricht University.