An article in today’s Times by Nicola Woolcock, Education Correspondent:
The gender pay gap begins early on in working life, with young men being paid more than women just one year after graduating, new figures have revealed. [J4MB: The ideological basis of the article is stated.]
The pay gap is the greatest among the highest-skilled groups, with an average salary of £26,000 for men and £24,000 for women.
Overall, male graduates earn 10 per cent more than their former female classmates, even though women outnumber and outperform men at university. [J4MB: Why would women outnumbering men be expected to have a bearing on the gender pay gap? When men outnumbered women, was that taken as justification for the gender pay gap? I don’t know if women outperform men at university, but given women’s bias towards the humanities rather then the sciences, a gender pay gap would be expected.]
The new figures, released today by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), do not provide a breakdown by subject or career choice, but it is likely that this will account for at least some of the gap. [J4MB emphasis: It’s not “likely”, it’s a cast-iron certainty. Can the journalist be unaware of this?] Men are more likely to go into highly-paid City and engineering jobs. [J4MB emphasis: Hmm, maybe a degree in Grievance Studies isn’t a route to well-paid private sector jobs?]
Of the graduates living in Britain 15 months after leaving university, 14 per cent of men were earning at least £39,000, compared with 9 per cent of women.
Even male graduates in low-skilled jobs were paid more than the female equivalent — £18,000 compared with £17,500.
Black and minority ethnic graduates were as likely as white university-leavers to be earning at least £36,000, but were more likely to be unemployed.
The figures showed that less than 60 per cent of students were in full-time work, but only 5 per cent were unemployed.
Overall, 81 per cent were in employment or unpaid work and 76 per cent of those who were working were in highly skilled occupations.
In an attempt to measure satisfaction, graduates were asked if what they had learnt at university was useful to their job or situation now — 72 per cent agreed and 18 per cent disagreed.
British graduates were more likely to go into postgraduate study if they had attended a privately funded school than if they had attended a state school or college, the figures show.
There were 361,215 graduates who responded to the graduate outcomes survey for 2017/18, about half of the cohort.
Paul Clark, the chief-executive of HESA, said: “The release of the graduate outcomes experimental statistics represents the first of an annual time series which will give a clear view of the transition from higher education to the workforce. The survey captures rich and robust data and ensures the information we collect reflects recent changes in the higher education sector and in the graduate labour market.”
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