University of Limerick Placements: Job Opportunities & Placement rate, Packages ,,Ireland

Anumika Bahukhandi

The University of Limerick (UL) has been voted Ireland’s most popular university by the Irish students, with an 85% satisfaction rate. The university introduced cooperative education in the country with over 2,000 students getting paid and semi-paid jobs in a year (30% international placements). The work experience which UL students gain through internships, co-ops, volunteering, etc makes them highly sought after by the top market players around the world.

UL was awarded prestigious 5-star rankings for graduate employability, innovation and knowledge transfer, teaching, engagement, internationalisation and infrastructure by QS Stars independent assessors. Even the graduate employment rate of the university is 15% more than that of the national average.

The article contains the responses of 4,334 surveyed graduates. Out of the lot surveyed, 75% directly started working after graduation. 7% had a job in international locations. This was lesser than the previous year due to the imposed travel restrictions caused by the pandemic. It was observed that there was a positive relationship between obtaining higher education and higher employment rate, with 96% of students with a PhD/Research degree and 80% of those with a post-graduate degree working.

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UL Placement Highlights 2020

Top Employers

University of Seville, Jameson, JET Program, Open Architects, HMSHost, Medtronic, GE Aviation, University Maternity Hospital Limerick, Foundation Trust Hospital, Bank of Ireland, Synergy Investment

Employment Rate Immediately After Graduation


Sector with the Highest UL Graduate Employment

Human Health and Social Work

Sector with the Lowest UL Graduate Employment


Highest Placement Rate by Location

West, Mid-West & South West

Highest PG Employment by College

Education & Science and Business

Average Graduate Salary


UL Class Profile 2020

50% of students pursuing higher education from Limerick were under 35 years of age. The university has students from all across the globe enrolled in different courses, at different departments. The retention rate of the university has been pretty good with the institution being renowned for its amazing placement outcomes. Read below to find more details about the 2019 class profile.

  • The total number of students enrolled in LU was 16,000.
  • The total number of undergraduate students was 12,893.
  • 2,608 students were pursuing postgraduate diplomas and master's programs.
  • The total number of academic staff was 735, research staff was 257 and support staff was 795 in number.

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UL Employment Profile 2020

The sector which employed the highest number of UL 2020 graduates was Human Health and Social Work with the student placement rate being 19%. This was followed by the Professional, Scientific and Technical sector at 15%, Financial, Insurance and Real Estate at 14% and Industry at 13%. Although Education stands last in the list with an 11% employment rate, it still is an important sector that employs university graduates.

Most of the UL graduates choose the Wester Corridor (West, Mid-West & South West) for employment. These locations had a graduate employment rate of 63%. The employment rate in the East stood at 26%. At the international level, North America had 29% of UL graduates employed, the EU had 25% of UL graduates and 23% found employment in the UK.

The piechart displayed below features different levels of degrees and the placement percentage of students who had pursued them.


UL Top Employers 2020

The table below features different university colleges along with the employers who have hired graduates from each of them.



Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

KPMG, ATA Group, Yahoo, IBEC, Cook Medical, Air BnB, SAP, Bord Bia, University of Angers, Three Customer Care, Alpenlodge Kuehboden

Science & Engineering

Voxpro, A2 Architects, Orix Aviation, Dublin Aerospace, Accenture, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, Vistakon, DePuy, Murphy Group, Kentz

Education & Health Sciences

University Hospital Waterford, King’s College Hospital (UK), Nenagh General Hospital, Rehab Care, St John of God, Cope Foundation, Cork Mental Health Services, Tallaght Hospital, Coaching Ireland, Singapore hospital, Galway Clinic

Kemmy Business School

Fidelity Investments, Oracle, PwC, Infosys BPO, Citibank, Grant Thornton, EY, Apple, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Deloitte, eBay, Microsoft, Fuji, Google, British Airways

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UL Placement Stats 2020 by Industry

This section gives a fair idea about different degrees offered at the university and the top sectors which offered placements to the graduates pursuing them.

Postgraduate Research: Education (35%), Human Health and Social Work (28%), Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities (23%), and Public Administration & Defence (5%).

Taught Master’s Degree: Human Health and Social Work Activities (18%,) Education (15%), Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities (15%), Information & Communication (13%), Financial, Insurance & Real Estate (12%), Education (10%), and Industry (9%).

Undergraduate Honours Degree: Human Health and Social Work Activities (17%), Financial, Insurance & Real Estate (17%), Professional, Scientific & Technical (15%), Industry (14%), and Education (9%).

Postgraduate Certificates & Diplomas: Education (27%), Human Health & Social Work (20%), Financial, Insurance & Real Estate (13%), Professional, Scientific & Technical (12%), and Industry (10%).

Other Undergraduate: Industry (25%), Human Health & Social Work (24%), Professional, Scientific & Technical (15%), Other (11%), Information & Communication (8%), Education (4%), Administrative & Support Services (3%), Accommodation & Food Services, Agriculture Forestry & Fishing, and Wholesale & Retail Trade (2%).

UL Employment 2020 by Gender


UL PG Employment 2020 by College

The highest employment was witnessed by 2 university colleges, namely – Education & Science and Business. Both of these had a 100% employment rate. This was followed by Science & Engineering at 94% and Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at 88%.

UL Employment 2020 by Overseas Region

  • North America: 29%
  • Europe: 25%
  • Great Britain (Excluding Northern Ireland): 23%
  • Middle East: 9%
  • Asia & Pacific: 8%
  • Africa: 2%
  • South/Latin America: 2%
  • Other: 2%

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UL Average Salary 2020 by Level

€34,987 was the average graduate salary of students at the University of Limerick. 59% of students who had passed out were getting in excess of €30,000. The average salary of the PhD/Research Master's graduates was €51,250 and that of the Postgraduate Certificates & Diploma graduates was €45,034. Undergraduate Honours Degree holders obtained the lowest average salary with €31,852.

Study Level

Average Salary

Postgraduate Research, All Faculties


Taught Master’s Degrees, All Faculties


Undergraduate Honours Degree, All Faculties


Postgraduate Certificates & Diplomas, All Faculties


Other Undergraduate, All Faculties


UL Career Placement Support

The University of Limerick’s Career Centre is there to provide help and support to its students and alumni, guiding them to achieve their academic and career goals proficiently. With a strong employability goal, it equips them with the right tools and competencies for creating an obstacle-free professional path. The career cell conducts various career-centric activities such as workshops, interactive sessions, placements, career development programs, skill assessment sessions, consultations and much more. More than 1,500 graduate vacancies are endorsed by an extensive recruitment program every year and the same also organises the largest graduate recruitment fest in the country.

During the final year as well, a plethora of events takes place which enlightens students regarding different career choices, job-search methods, etc. Career fests which are conducted help students meet and get acquainted with potential hirers. The university also owns a CV Clinic which helps you build your resume with a professional touch.

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University of Limerick Placement 2020 FAQs

Q. How has been the placement distribution of UL graduates internationally?

A. From a global perspective, North America has the highest percentage of UL Graduates, with 29%. Of those, 50% were from the School of Medicine, with the remainder distributed amongst all faculties. The next largest placement percentage is of the EU, with 25%. Of those, 20% would be from language-focused programmes. Followed by GB, at 23%. The largest share of graduates there were in the School of Medicine. Of those, 24% were from the School of Medicine, with the remainder distributed amongst all faculties.

Q. Which are the top employment sectors where UL graduates found a placement?

A. Top employment sectors: Human Health & Social Work (19%), Professional, Scientific and Technical (15%), Financial Insurance & Real Estate (14%), Industry (13%), Education (11%), Information & Communication (7%), Wholesale and Real Trade (4%), Construction (3%), Admin & Support Service (3%), Public Admin and Defence (2%).

Q. What all job titles did the UL graduates obtain after getting placed?

A. University of Limerick graduates have found placement with brilliant reputed agencies and employers, with impressive job titles. Some of them are - Events Coordinator, Teacher, Technical Writer, Department Administrator, Communications, Media & Public Relations, Project Architect, Technical Support Agent, Design Engineer, Camo Engineer, Risk Analyst, Lab Assistant, Maternity Nurse, Social Care Worker, Tax Advisor, Management Accountant, etc.

Q. What has been the employment rate of UL graduates post placement as per different study levels?

A. According to different study levels, the highest placement rate was observed among the postgraduate research students (96%). This was shortly followed by the students pursuing postgraduate certificates & diploma courses (94%). The 3 rd and the 4 th positions were bagged by the students from other undergraduate courses and taught master’s degree courses (82% & 80%).

Q. Which university college had the highest employment record after placement?

A. The highest employment was witnessed by 2 university colleges, namely – Education & Science and Business. Both of these had a 100% employment rate. This was followed by Science & Engineering at 94% and Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at 88%.

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