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A new report shows women graduates who work full time earn 10% less than their male counterparts on average.
The gender pay gap starts from graduation with male graduates who work full time earning on average 10% more than females, according to statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
Its Graduate Outcomes survey report covers 2017/18 and shows the pay gap between male and female full-time first degree graduates in full-time paid employment in the UK was greatest among those in the high skilled group.
Men were also more likely to be in the high skilled category where they earned an average of 26,000 pounds, compared to 24,000 for women.
Men in medium skilled jobs earned an average of 20,000 pounds compared to 19,000 for women. And men in low skilled jobs earned an average of 18,000, compared to 17,500 for women.
The results also show that male graduates were more likely to be in full-time employment than female graduates, but male graduates were also more likely to be unemployed.
The statistics also show that men’s wages rise faster than women’s once they are in work. Fifteen months after leaving university, 14% of men working in the UK earn at least £39,000, compared with 9% of women. The study also shows that while BAME graduates are as likely as white peers to be earning at least £36,000, they are more likely to be unemployed. Some 5% of black graduates who entered the workforce in 2017/18 were unemployed 15 months after leaving university, compared with just 3% of white graduates.
Graduates in employment or unpaid work accounted for 81% of survey respondents, including 10% who were engaged in both employment and further study.