Written Answers. - Professionals Working Abroad.

Michael P. Kitt

Question:

10 Mr. M. Kitt asked the Taoiseach the estimated number of Irish graduates and professional people under the age of 35 working abroad: and the figures for the last ten years. [8553/95]

The information requested is not available to the Central Statistics Office because of the difficulty of collecting comprehensive information on Irish persons living and working abroad. However, annual surveys conducted by the Higher Education Authority on the first destination of new graduates provide an indication of the proportion taking up work overseas. The relevant information is contained in a statement which I propose to circulate in the Official Report.

It should be noted that the trend indicated in the number of graduates overseas is affected by changes in the scope of the survey and increases in the number of degrees conferred.
Following is the statement:
Number/Percentage of New Graduates in Employment Overseas

Primary Degrees

Higher Degrees

%

No.

%

No.

Overseas

Overseas

Overseas

Overseas

(1)

(2)

(1)

(2)

1982

5.3%

246

10.7%

86

1983

6.5%

323

13.4%

113

1984

11.4%

655

16.0%

151

1985

13.1%

790

22.0%

196

1986

16.7%

1,098

20.2%

222

1987

22.8%

1,562

25.6%

299

1988

22.7%

1,641

24.0%

320

1989

21.4%

1,618

26.7%

411

1990

16.0%

1,284

19.5%

314

1991

12.6%

1,031

16.6%

294

1992

11.1%

976

20.4%

418

1993

11.4%

1,122

21.2%

480

Notes:
1. Higher Education Authority Surveys
2. Estimates based on applying the Survey findings to the total number of graduates.