Application Trends from North AmericaPosted: June 19, 2012
In a previous monthly article, a broad overview of UK NARIC applicant data from African countries was provided – the following brief summary explores similar recent trends in enquiry numbers from North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Since 2008, from the region as a whole, UK NARIC have received between 2,000 and 3,000 enquiries annually, roughly 6-8% of the total number undertaken every year. Below, the number of assessments we have undertaken for applicants from the most popular countries (plus the overall ranking) over the past four years highlights the predominance of US applicants, despite a recent drop in numbers:
|Country||2008 assmts||2008 rank||2009 assmts||2009 rank||2010 assmts||2010 rank||2011 assmts||2011 rank|
|Trinidad and Tobago||–||–||49||70th||53||74th||45||72nd|
As can be seen, the total number of evaluations has fallen by over 25% over the year or so (2913 in 2010 and 2157 in 2011), a substantial drop and well in excess of the general, global trend.
In terms of specific national profiles, the USA, Canada and Jamaica are the largest source of applications, but – barring Canada – their respective share of the total number of assessments from the region has diminished over the period:
Qualification level of migrants
Looking at the US, Canada and Jamaica in more detail, it is interesting to note the differing profile of enquirers.
The table below shows the breakdown of the level of qualifications submitted from these three countries during 2011:
|USA (1118)||Canada (626)||Jamaica (139)||Global|
|Below Level 3 on the UK Qualifications Framework (QCF)||High School Graduation Diploma, Diploma in Network Engineering||18%||Grade 11 Secondary School Diploma (general level), Diplôme d`Etudes Secondaires (DES) (Secondary School Diploma)||2%||Jamaica School Certificate, National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica – Level I in Data Operations||33%||23%|
|A level and Sub-Degree Equivalents (QCF Levels 3, 4 and 5)||Associate Degree in Arts, Associate in Science (Nursing)||8%||High School Graduation Diploma, Diploma of Technology (Medical Laboratory Science)||37%||Certificate in Secondary Teacher Education, General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level)||30%||25%|
|British Bachelor level||Bachelor of Art||41%||Bachelor of Education (Junior / Intermediate)||52%||Bachelor of Education||26%||34%|
|Postgraduate||CFA Level III Examination, Master of Arts in Teaching||21%||Maître en Administration des Affaires (MBA)||3%||Diploma in Business Administration||4%||10%|
|No comparison available||12%||6%||7%||8%|
Whilst the sample sizes vary significantly, it is nonetheless clear that Jamaican applicants in 2011 have tended to hold lower level qualifications, both than their North American counterparts and the global average.
In contrast to the 30% of Jamaican applicants that hold a Bachelor or postgraduate qualification, the equivalent proportion for Canada is 55%, with the vast majority of these applicants being first degree holders. An even higher percentage of US applicants hold at least a Bachelor degree, although it is interesting to note that 21% specifically hold a postgraduate award.
Tim Buttress, June 2012