About the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset

The data on earnings for three years after graduation comes from the Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO) dataset. This data is based on government taxation records that are used to calculate earnings. As it doesn’t rely on students responding to a survey the level of coverage is higher than the DLHE survey.

About the LEO data displayed on SACU

  • All our LEO data is provided by HESA and is the data used by Unistats
  • The LEO data shows how much graduates working in the UK were earning 3 years after graduating.
  • The data includes taxable income for those who had tax deducted at source by their employer and does not include earnings for those who were self-employed.
  • The data published is for the subject area of the course and we average this over two tax years.
  • The data displayed is for earnings of those who graduated in 2010-11 and 2011-12, as the most recent earnings data we have is from 2014-15 and 2015-16 tax records.
  • We have this information for most universities and colleges in England, with the exception of private providers which began to return data about their students more recently.
  • LEO data is not yet available for Northern Irish providers, as the legislation allowing for its creation did not extend to Northern Ireland.
  • In Scotland and Wales, there is a different policy position of the use of this data, as it does not currently take account of factors other than course quality¬†that can affect graduate earnings, such as UK and regional variations in salaries and labour market conditions.

Experimental statistics

The LEO figures published on SACU are labelled as experimental statistics. This highlights to users that the statistics are new and still being developed, or are being used in new ways. It does not mean that they are of low quality.

You can find out more about the methodology for how the statistics are produced and provide feedback on the Office for Students website.