Almost two thirds of students graduating from universities in Birmingham are leaving the city once their courses are over, according to new research.
The findings, based on data of more than 21,000 Birmingham graduates in 2015, suggests 62 per cent of those studying here choose to leave while 38 per cent stay.
The research has been published by social and professional networking website LinkedIn.
The website's UK manager Joshua Graff said: "Birmingham is a vibrant and diverse city and has the biggest concentration of businesses outside of London, yet six out of ten students who graduate in the city move away to find their first job.
"Local businesses, which are looking for graduate hires, should see this as an opportunity to hire great employees who already live in the city.
"To benefit from this, they need to use their home advantage and take proactive steps to ensure they are making themselves attractive to the talented graduates on their doorstep before they leave town.
"They can do this by offering internships and work experience, by empowering their existing team to be ambassadors for the company and by having a strong employer brand online to show what it's really like to work for them."