'More' university leavers working

24-08-2005

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.

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