Graduate Careers Australia produces regular reports on graduate employment. One of its more recent efforts is a follow-up survey three years after graduation, and the most recent report - Beyond Graduation 2012 - has just been published.
With the assistance of 39 institutions, nearly 13,000 usable responses were received from 2008 graduates.
Of those available for full-time employment at the time of the survey, 92.2% were working full time. That was up from 79.3% when the same cohort was surveyed in 2009, shortly after they graduated.
And while female IT graduates started off behind their male peers (76.6% vs 82.7% in 2009), their relative position has improved and in 2012 they were slightly more likely to be in full-time employment (93.9% vs 93.2%).
But only 70.2% of IT graduates said their degree was either a formal requirement or important to their main paid job. The only broad area of study with a lower percentage was creative arts (64.3%).
IT graduates were also the least likely to be in a relevant job shortly after completing their course.
Other findings included:
• IT graduates' average working hours were close to average (41.7 hours vs 42.0 hours)
• 14.8% of employed IT graduates were actively seeking other employment (one of the lowest proportions across areas of study)
• IT graduates were relatively unlikely to have completed an additional qualification (25.3% compared with 33.1% overall)
• Male IT graduates' median salary was higher than their female peers ($75,000 vs $67,000), even though the reverse was true shortly after graduation ($52,000 vs $55,000).
Beyond Graduation 2012 is available here [PDF].