The numbers above almost certainly underestimate the numbers of deferrers in each LLEN.
Table 3 compares these characteristics of the survey cohort with those of all deferrers identified in the 2007 tracking survey.
Perhaps the most important question to be answered in this study is whether young 'deferrers' eventually take up their offer of a place at university.
Table 4 also shows the main destinations of deferrers, broken out by gender.
But respondents who made the transition to university in 2008 were much more likely to come from the two higher quartiles of socio-economic status, suggesting that the financial implications of university study continue to have an impact on the pathways of regional deferrers two years out of school.
But a previous study (Teese et al., 2006) has noted a similar relationship between socio-economic status and outcomes to that described in the current research--a relationship that suggests that deferrers with a background of high socio-economic status are more likely than their peers with lower socio-economic status to take up their university offer one year after deferring.
But the financial and distance-related barriers so evident in the deferrers' thinking when first contacted in 2007 have not disappeared (Teese, Clarke & Polesel, 2007).