Study Shows Gender Imbalance for Post-Graduate Salaries

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29th July 2014 12:31 - Education

There is still a gender imbalance when it comes to post-graduate salaries, according to data collected by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

The study, which was conducted with 2012/13 university leavers, discovered, on average, that women (£19,500) earn £2,000 less than men (£21,500) six months after qualifying from their course.

From the £25,000 salary mark upwards, male full-time first degree leavers are reportedly more likely to benefit from higher full-time incomes than women:

Salary Band Males Females
£15,000 or less 15.8% 20%
£15,000-£19,999 26.9% 28.8%
£20,000-£24,999 27.8% 34.5%
£25,000-£29,999 16.7% 10.7%
£30,000-£34,999 8.2% 4.6%
£35,000-£39,999 2.3% 0.8%
£40,000+ 2.3% 0.5%

Of those questioned, according to the survey’s findings, almost three fifths (57.7%) went into full-time work after graduating, with the remaining two fifths going into part-time work (12.8%), further study (12.2%), work and further study (6.9%) or unemployment (6.2%).

Furthermore, despite their average lower salaries, post-graduate females (70.9%) are marginally more likely to secure full-time jobs than post-graduate males (68.1%).  First degree females (56%) were also slightly more likely to go into full-time employment than first degree males (55.1%).

Medicine and dentistry leavers were most likely to land full-time jobs post-graduation (92.4%), ahead of veterinary science graduates (85.1%) and respondents who studied subjects allied to science (71.9%). Law graduates (38.2%) were least likely to go into full-time work, with historical and philosophical study (43.6%) and biological science (44.4%) students not much better off either.

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