Employer Survey: Recruiting & Working with International Students/Graduates

In March 2017, Universities UK released the results of its new research conducted by Oxford Economics, showing that international students coming to the UK to study now generate more than £25 billion for the economy and provide a significant boost to regional jobs and local businesses – in 2014-15, spending by international students supported 206,600 jobs in university towns and cities across the UK, and they were responsible for £10.8 billion of UK export earnings. As the UK looks to enhance its place in the world post-Brexit and its uncertain impact on international student recruitment and the consequent effects on UK economy, it is increasingly crucial that UK universities have a co-ordinated strategy to welcome and support our international students and graduates.

New plan announced in March 2019 by the Department for Education (DfE) set out to increase the number of international students in the UK to 600,000 and to generate £35bn through education exports by 2030, and according to the UK Council for International Student Affairs (2017), 37.3% of their 2017 student survey respondents listed “To help me find a job or get a better job” as the most important reason for wishing to go to UK University.

More importantly, many international graduates leave universities in the UK to take up influential positions in the business and political spheres in their own countries. However, despite their British education and positive views about this country, many leave university without any meaningful exposure to British businesses and without any significant links to British firms; which could be hugely beneficial to the students, the UK HE institutes and businesses’ interests.

To provide tailored career support to the international students/graduates to increase their opportunities of finding working experiences in the UK, and also to provide opportunities for UK employers to engage with international students, the University of Sheffield has launched the Employer Survey: a Study on Employers’ Perspectives on Recruiting International Students/Graduates and How the University of Sheffield Could Support.

The University of Sheffield is inviting UK SMEs to take part in the survey, by having a face-to-face or telephone discussion with the project manager (appr. 15-20 minutes). The survey will look into SMEs’ perceptions of recruiting and working with international students/graduates, including their advice on how the University of Sheffield can support them throughout the recruitment process.

This survey is totally anonymous. Your identity will not be disclosed to any third parties to ensure the authenticity of the responses. However as an incentive, respondents will receive a copy of the final report and have access to any tailored support that the University of Sheffield offers as a result of the findings.

If you are interested in this topic, please contact:

Yiyun Ling, Employer Engagement and Placement Officer, the University of Sheffield

y.ling@sheffield.ac.uk
01 2220938