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The survey - the Longitudinal Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (LDLHE) - asks graduates and postgraduates about their working life and experience three and a half years after they left university. The LDLHE is published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) and tells us about the sorts of jobs students are in; whether they would study the same subject again; and the salaries they were earning.

The overview data show improvements in levels of employment and salaries compared to students surveyed two years earlier.

Commenting on the data David Sweeney, HEFCE’s Director of Research Innovation and Skills, said:

'The survey highlights the benefit of investment in HE by government, employers and students. Over 95 per cent of students are employed or in further study 3.5 years after they graduate; and the median salary of a full time employee was £24,000. There is much to celebrate as these graduates were surveyed in November 2008, around the height of the recession.

The full data will provide a rich source of information on the economic and social benefits to students and the economy of higher education.'

Further detail and analysis from HESA