Female graduates paid much less than males

A new report suggests that female university graduates continue to be paid significantly less than their male counterparts who studied the same subjects.

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit (Hescu) analysed how much money 17,000 students who began their university studies in 2006 were earning as of 2012. Not taking into account part-time employees, or those without a job, the research suggests that half of the female graduates had an average annual salary somewhere between £15,000 and £23,999, whereas males were predominantly earning £24,000 or more. The results held true even for those subjects that were studied by more women than men, and in fact, was the case across all subjects. 

The salary gap was noticeable throughout the public and private sectors, with only the not-for-profit sector paying female and male graduates equally. While reports over the past years have suggested an improvement in gender equality in employment, the problem of the gender pay-gap has remained relatively unchanged.

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