The Guardian reports that government figures say men more likely to have higher pay than women who graduated in the same subjects in the same year.
Women face a pay gap as early as their first year after university that widens as time passes, according to the first large-scale set of data on the careers of British graduates published by the government.
The figures showed that men were far more likely to have higher pay than women who graduated in the same year with degrees in the same subjects, with the sole exception of English – the only subject where women graduates outdid their male peers five years after leaving university.
Women who studied veterinary science experienced the widest gap, earning about half as much as their male counterparts. Even in nursing, a course dominated by women students, men were still earning about £2,000 more just a year after graduation.
Overall, the figures showed that the most highly paid graduates were those with high A-level grades, clustered in universities in and around London and the south of England, especially London’s Imperial College, London School of Economics (LSE) and University College London, along with Oxford and Cambridge.
Higher education leaders including Pam Tatlow, chief executive of the Million Plus group of modern institutions, warned that the raw data was potentially misleading because it failed to include mature students and earnings data for self-employed workers.
The figures also failed to account for student characteristics such as ethnicity and deprivation, or for prior attainment other than A-levels for students in England. It also failed to adjust earnings figures for graduates by location, which will have helped universities whose graduates work in or around London.
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