Earlier this year, Slovakia’s Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, along with various partners, launched a new website, offering detailed data tracking of secondary and tertiary graduates.

Data have been interlinked from different administrative sources and information systems: education sector, employment services, social insurance agencies and labour cost systems. Incorporating data from the health insurance agencies is under preparation.

The following indicators on graduate status are presented for each of 733 secondary schools and 366 fields of study, and for 33 tertiary schools and 1 415 fields of study:

  • employment (optimal, alternative, or ‘outside the field of study’);
  • short-term contract;
  • self-employment;
  • registered unemployment;
  • continuing in secondary or tertiary studies;
  • maternity or parental leave;
  • others (working abroad, voluntary unemployment, etc.).

Geographic distribution of placement, top three jobs, top three economy sectors, average and median wages, registered unemployment rate and average number of days needed to find the first job are also presented.

For the first time, individual tracking is made possible through anonymised graduate trajectories. Precise descriptions related to the time employment begins (SK NACE Rev. 2, SK ISCO-08, identity and official location of the company, wage) and registered unemployment with active labour market policy tools applied are available for any individual graduate. These individual trajectories are not publicly available, but they offer a valuable source of data for specialists.

Indicators on individual schools and fields of study are publicly available. The website allows comparison between two schools and/or school/field of study and aggregated regional or national data. This can help learners make informed decisions on school choice.

Graduate tracking can also complement forecasts of labour market demand and substantially improve regulation of current graduate supply.

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This news item has also been published in Cedefop's Skillset and match – May 2020 issue 19