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Female graduates 'earn less'

Published: Wednesday, 07 November 2007   Category: Life after graduation

Female graduates earn £1,000 less than their male counterparts, on average, within three years of finishing university, a new study has revealed.

Research from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa) revealed that gender discrepancies are in place long before issues of child birth factor in. Three years after graduation, 40 per cent of men are earning more than £25,000, compared with just 26 per cent of women, with men also more likely to go straight into a high paid job.

The findings are based on a study of 25,000 students, which also highlighted the fact that many graduates are struggling to get started in a career, with one in four out of full time work after three years (albeit, including those who continue their studies).

Despite any differences, female graduates were more likely to feel "very satisfied" with their careers than men, 40 per cent compared to 34 per cent.

Catherine Benfield, head of the project, explained to the Guardian: "Women accept that they may take a job below their expectations and work up from there. Men would rather be unemployed and searching for that perfect job. Women are more likely to be satisfied with their careers than men, though."

The Hesa study also revealed that the median salary for graduates in the UK is £23,000, with those with postgraduate qualifications having a higher median salary (£28,000) than those with a degree (£22,000).ADNFCR-1068-ID-18346975-ADNFCR

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