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Just over 80 per cent are in employment, while a further 12 per cent are carrying out further study or combining further study with work. Salaries are also holding up, and first degree students in full-time employment are earning £25,000, an average increase of £5,000 from six months after they graduated.

The survey, published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), is a robust and reliable source of information that helps students, universities, and employers understand the benefits of higher education.

This is the third time the survey has been done and it covers all publicly funded higher education institutions plus the University of Buckingham. The survey analyses data from students who left university or college in 2006-07. It provides a wealth of information that enables a robust analysis of earnings and career, satisfaction, alongside many other factors. The Longitudinal Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey is available on the HESA web-site.