A geography of employment and earnings

These interactive maps show the availability of jobs which are highly skilled or have earnings above the UK average, and how this varies across the country.

  • The LEO grouping (left map) is based on graduate earnings and further study. The Graduate Outcomes grouping (right map) is based on the types of job done by graduates, and other activities.
  • In both maps, quintile 1 shows areas with the lowest proportion in well paid or highly skilled jobs.
  • Graduates living in quintile 5 areas have the highest chance of getting a well paid or highly skilled job.
  • Hover over each area to see the population for each area and proportion in well paid or highly skilled jobs.
  • Each small area is coloured according to the proportion of graduates in well paid jobs.
  • Quintile 1 areas (dark red) have the lowest proportion in well paid jobs.
  • Graduates living in quintile 5 areas (dark blue) have the highest chance of getting a well paid job.
  • Much of the dissimilarity within each travel to work area (marked out by dark lines) is expected random variation.
  • Areas are ranked by the employment outcomes for those living in the area, and then put into five groups with equal numbers of graduates.
  • The LEO measure is based on graduates in employment or further study three years after graduation, from 2016 to 2019. It measures the proportion earning over a threshold (about £25,000) or in further study.
  • The Graduate Outcomes measure is based on a graduate survey 15 months after graduation. It measures the proportion in professional or managerial jobs or further study.

Following user feedback, we've provided the data used in map 2 for context:

Download MSOA LEO quintiles data (Excel format)

Download MSOA LEO quintiles data (CSV format)

See our report and get the supporting data on this measure
Published 02 June 2021
Last updated 04 November 2021
04 November 2021
Updated data which incorporates a Graduates Outcomes grouping.

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