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Government publishes graduate earnings data

UK government plans to publish anonymised datasets on earnings cross-referenced with university records to inform students of the earning potential of courses

HMRC will share anonymised data on tax payers to let students see how much they could earn, depending on which course they study, according to the Independent

This week the government hosted a hack event called “job hack” for developers, designers, careers advisors, government officials and young people themselves, which challenged the attendees to come up with ideas to help young people get access to training and employment opportunities.

During the event, developers use a range of open government datasets such as employment statistics, earning outcomes and school performance tables, which will be linked to create applications.

Commenting on the event, Cabinet Office minister Matt Hancock said it was “hugely exciting that the government is now embracing new ways of solving common problems”.

“There’s a huge opportunity to use new technology to make sure that every young person gets the best start in life. We want to seize that opportunity to help everyone – no matter the circumstances of their birth – achieve their full potential,” he said.

In the US, the Obama government’s College Scorecard open data tool where you can look up and compare universities based on a large range of data, including graduate salaries across different courses.  

The ideas explored at the event will later be presented to the "Earn or Learn Taskforce", chaired by Hancock.

Earlier this year, Hancock called on government to move towards a “data culture” to make better spending decisions.

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