Women Face The Gender Pay Gap Just One Year After Graduating

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by Katie Rosseinsky |
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Women face a pay gap with their male peers just one year after graduating from university, which proceeds to widen as time passes, according to new government data.

The figures show that male graduates were far more likely to earn more than women who graduated from the same course in the same year, with English Studies the only degree where females tended to out-earn their male peers.

‘For all subjects except English Studies, male median earnings exceed female median earnings at more than 50 percent of institutions offering that subject. In 12 subjects, male earnings are greater than female earnings at more than 75 percent of institutions,’ a caption for a gov.co.uk graph read.

The Guardian reported that women who studied veterinary science experienced the greatest gap in pay, earning around half as much as their male counterparts, while even in nursing, a course that typically skews towards female students, men still earned around £2,000 more than women just one year after having graduated.

Those women who graduated in law from Oxford and Essex, however, bucked this trend, tending to earn more than male graduates five years after starting work.

The data was gathered by the Department of Education, focusing on graduates who completed their degree in the years 2008/9, 2010,11 and 2012/13.

The government's new gender pay gap initiative means that any company with more than 250 employees will have to publish their gender pay gap figures within the next year.


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