Women graduates continue to earn less on average than their male counterparts, according to a report for the Higher Education Careers Service Unit.
It says that part of the problem is the subjects women choose to study before and at university, but that this does not explain why women and men in the same profession earn different amounts. It finds that the only sector in which there is equality of pay is the non-profit sector.
It concludes that patterns of subject choices remain gendered, even though women tend to be more qualified than men on entry to university. It says the situation in terms of the gender gap remains “effectively unchanged” from the 1990s.
It points out that law in particular remains around 40 years behind the times with regard to gendered career paths.