The AlmaLaurea 2017 report presents a survey on the employment status of Italian graduates, distinguishing between bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The level of employment is measured twice, i.e. one year and five years after graduation.
Recently, there has been a slight increase in the employment rate, following the significant contraction that occurred between 2008 and 2013 (-16 percentage points for the bachelor’s and -11 for the master’s degree programs).
One year after graduation, the employment rate is higher for master’s than for bachelor’s degree holders. However such trend reverses when considering the employment rate 5 years after graduation and the gap is increasing.
As regards the type of employment, there is a higher percentage of training contracts among master’s than bachelor’s graduates. The latter show a greater increase in the category of self-employment and a stronger decrease in the permanent employment category. Surprisingly, bachelor’s degree holders are more likely to gain a permanent contract 5 years after graduation.
As regards the salaries, obtaining a master’s degree entails a € 40-50 benefit on the net salary. However, it should be noted that such trend is subject to a wide variety depending on the discipline. Moreover, in some cases the average salary of bachelor’s degree holders is higher (e.g. in the psychological and legal disciplinary group).
Read the XIX Survey (2017) – Graduates’ employment condition by AlmaLaurea