HC Deb 03 December 2003 vol 415 c59W
Mr. Cousins:

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will estimate the (a) average and (b) median earnings of graduates who are full-time employees in each age cohort from the age of 25. [141203]

Ruth Kelly:

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Len Cook to Jim Cousins, dated 3 December 2003:

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question about the average and median earnings of graduates who are full-time employees. (141203)

The attached table gives the available information from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). These estimates are for the three month period ending August 2003.

Mean and median earnings of graduates1,2 who are full-time3 employees by age United Kingdom Three months to August 2003 Not seasonally adjusted
Average gross weekly earnings (£s)
Age group2 Mean Median
25 and over 669 577
25–34 547 481
35–49 754 654
50 and over 733 678
1People whose highest qualification is degree level or above
2Upper age limit is 64 for men and 59 for women.
3The definition of full-time/part-time is based on respondents' self-assessment.


These estimates have not been adjusted to reflect the 2001 Census results.


Labour Force Survey (ONS)