Labour market prospects after tertiary education

The aim of this report is to shed light on the labour market status of those with higher education in Sweden from an international perspective. The report is a comparison based on Education at a Glance.

It is very positive that higher education to such a large extent leads to employment. But there is room for improvement when it comes to the financial benefits for the individual, says University Chancellor Harriet Wallberg.

The significance of education in the labour market

This analysis focuses on the significance of higher education for an individual's prospects in the labour market and probes questions like the following:

  • If individuals choose to continue to study after leaving upper secondary school, does this raise their chances of finding employment and reduce the risk of being unemployed?
  • Is there any return in the form of higher wages for taking longer programmes in higher education than shorter ones?

Based on data from Education at a Glance

This report is based on data from the OECD's annual publication Education at a Glance (EAG). EAG is very comprehensive and can be considered impenetrable for readers who are not used to it. For this reason UKÄ aims to make the data from EAG more accessible and also to focus on Sweden in it international comparisons.

This is the second of a series of analyses in which UKÄ (the Swedish Higher Education Authority) describes different dimensions and effects of investments in education in the OECD countries.

The first analysis described Educational attainment and economic investment in the OECD.