Research regarding employers’ preferences re: graduates of universities was carried out once again by the research company INDICATOR. It was measured from 28 April to 22 May 2016.
This year, the same research methods and the same sample selection were used as before. The methodology used triangulation of the two research methods CATI and CAWI. By utilizing the advantages of both techniques, the research improved the course of the study, increased standardization by reducing the so-called "survey effect " and minimized the possibility of errors resulting from incomplete perception of the respondent (by involving not only the sense of hearing but also visual).
Results were measured on a representative sample of N = 1,800 companies employing under a contract of employment more than 20 employees. The basic criterion was the size of the employer (by medium, large and large enterprises) in proportion to the total number of workers employed in these groups of entities. Further selectable criteria were: region and sector of activity: production, trade, services and administration.
The method of calculating the field of studies ranking remained the same as in the previous year.
The only significant change which has been made was an increase in the number of faculties from 43 to 49 (the list of last year's trends has been supplemented with finance and accounting, arts, other technical studies, natural sciences, social and humanistic studies). Increasing the number of fields of study has not caused major changes in the voivodship rankings or in individual groups of fields overlapping with the previous measurement (the list of universities which ranked in the first five places remained unchanged).
There have been many changes in the top ten of the nationwide ranking of the most prestigious HEI for employers. Warsaw University of Technology lost the first place (down to the second) in favor of the University of Warsaw (up from 3). Third and fourth place was taken by the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow (their previous ranking occupied places 5 and 6). The places from seventh to tenth were taken by the universities, which took places in the previous edition in the second top ten of the best universities. School of Economics in Warsaw (down to 13th place) and Medical University of Warsaw (down from 7 to 14 place) and Poznan University of Economics (down from 9 to 22 place) were outside top ten of best HEIs this year.
In almost every one of the voivodship rankings, the higher places were taken by state vocational colleges, which showed increases in their rankings. State Higher Vocational School in Koszalin noted the highest rise in West Pomerania (jump from 25 to 15 place), in Lower Silesia – Angelus Silesius State Higher Vocational School. in Walbrzych (from 13th to 6th place), and in Lodz voivodship State Higher Vocational School in Skierniewice (from 14 to 8th place). In the national ranking, the highest place of this type of university was taken by Bronislaw Markiewicz State Higher School of Technology and Economics in Jarosław (91 place), State Higher Vocational School in Glogow (93 place) and the Jacob Paradyz State Higher Vocational School in Gorzow Wielkopolski (100 place).
Fields of study, which research showed employers usually employ graduates to 34 years are: economy, administration, management, engineering, production and IT studies, and the highest percentage of graduates aged under 34 is employed in Masovia, Silesia, Lesser Poland and Greater Poland.
prof. dr hab. Jan Garlicki
Marketing Research Centre INDICATOR