Research into the Salary of University Graduates
In the latest report on the salaries of university graduates compiled by the company Sedlak & Sedlak, the University of Gdańsk found itself in second place in the category ‘Universities’ with a median of 4,500 PLN. The University of Warsaw came first in the ratings.
As the authors of the report state, 23,002 MA graduates of these institutions took part in the National Salary Research in 2015. The total average monthly gross salary of half of them was no less than 4,120 PLN.
Research was conducted into the so-called median. The institutions were split into several categories, in line with Ministry of Science and Higher Education divisions, which facilitated a comparison of results.
Students of the University of Warsaw had the highest median salary amongst MA graduates of state universities in 2015 (5,500 PLN). The median for graduates of the University of Gdańsk, who took second place, was 4,500 PLN. A minimum average salary of no less than 4,000 PLN was earned by graduates of the University of Łódz, the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, the University of Wrocław, the Jagiellonian University, the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University, the University of Zielona Góra, the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń and the University of Szczecin.
In the past the University of Gdańsk has been highly placed in other rankings by Sedlak & Sedlak on graduates occupying leading management positions in the boards of directors of large companies in the Polish market. This is proof that our graduates’ good education results not only in high average salaries but also in professional careers which correspond to our ex-students’ aspirations.
The report is available at: wynagrodzenia.pl
Professor Dr hab. Mirosław Szreder, the University of Gdańsk’s Pro-rector for Development and Financial Affairs:
The University of Gdańsk’s high position in this ranking is proof of the effectiveness of our strategy, at the heart of which lies concern for appropriate courses and a high level of education. We are concentrating on those areas of the current economy which most value competence, the ability to face up to new challenges and flexibility in everyday life. The University’s broad cooperation with representatives of the business world allows us to react instantly to changes occurring in the social and economic spheres, and even to predict upcoming, long-term trends. We strive not only to answer to the interests of secondary school graduates but also to a certain degree to shape these interests. Various initiatives aimed at secondary school pupils serve this purpose, starting with games and competitions as part of the current Pomeranian Year of Mathematics, and ending with hundreds of events which take place during the festival of science. We are endeavouring to convince young people to get involved and also to make the effort to discover those disciplines which in the future will provide them with well-paid jobs and ensure interesting paths of professional development.
One of the sources of a decent income for our graduates is the recent intensive development in the Pomeranian economy, particularly in the Tri-City. The new investors, from home and abroad, who have started up here, have created thousands of new workplaces, mainly aimed at well-educated young people. Salaries in most of these posts exceed the national average, which can be best observed in the centres of expertise in many firms (e.g. audit companies) or in managerial positions.
Dr Beata Czechowska-Derkacz, University of Gdańsk press spokeswoman