By Marcus Leach

Data released by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has revealed that 28% of UK graduates from 2007 were still not in full-time employment in 2011.

The research was based on 49,065 2007 graduate responses, with a further 21% stating they were either in part-time employment, or back in education.

HESA said about 3.5% were considered to be unemployed, which is up from 2.6% in a 2008 survey of graduates from 2005 - a worrying trend according to Sally Hunt, general secretary of the University and College Union.

The snapshot survey revealed that of the 28% of those not in full-time employment 8.8% were working part-time or voluntarily, 5.3% were working and studying and 6.5% were just studying.

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