Almost three quarters of last year's higher education leavers are in work, UK-wide statistics suggest. The Higher Education Statistics Agency, which interviewed 257,025 graduates from 2004, found 73.6% were employed, up from 72.7% the previous year.
Some 23.9% - down from 24.2% - were doing further study, while 5.9% - a fall from 6.2% - were unemployed.
The median average salary for female graduates was �17,000, while for men it was �18,000. Lawyers still studying
Employment rates varied by subject. For medicine, dentistry and education graduates, it was above 80%.
Meanwhile, in law, more than 50% were still studying, while for maths and physical sciences it was more than 30%.
The highest unemployment rate, at 11%, was for computer science.
Among male graduates, 15,200 entered professional occupations and 13,905 went into technical jobs.
More women - 22,205 - took on technical jobs, with 18,000 joining professions.
The survey also found differences in salary by gender, with women more concentrated in low-paying jobs.
Of graduates earning above �40,000 a year, 140 were women and 455 were men.
However, for those earning less than �15,000, 12,800 were female and 7,190 were male. BBC News