The QS Graduate Employability Rankings is the result of an extensive research project which has been running since October 2014 and is a pilot initiative, with a methodology subject to changes for the next editions. 

This project’s aim is to design a new approach to, and a new methodology for, employability in university rankings.

The methodology for the QS Graduate Employability Rankings differs from that found in the global rankings, using different indicators and changing the weighting of the existing indicators which it retains.

QS has undertaken extensive research with the help of university leaders worldwide, reading academic papers and talking to employers & student representatives to identify a suitable methodology – over 50 universities have had the opportunity to provide feedback and insights since October 2014.

This first edition is based on five criteria.  In future, additional factors are planned – based on employer reputation in different sectors and alumni network characteristics – as sub-categories of the ranking. At present, QS is still working with its partners so as to be able to verify the reliability of this measure, from the available sources. This ranking remains a pilot exercise, and universities have only been ranked if they elected to actively participate in QS’s data collection processes, or if enough publicly available data was available to permit their inclusion.


Employer Reputation 30%
Partnerships with Employers 25%
Alumni Outcomes 20%
Employers’ Presence on Campus 15%
Graduate Employment Rate 10%

2016 Edition

The 2017 QS Graduate Employability Rankings will be released during the QS-Apple Conference on November 22nd 2016.

The 2016 results can be seen here.

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