Think The Gender Pay Gap Is Just At Top Positions? Think Again Government data for the employment and earnings outcomes for graduates, published a week before the deadline for this year’s gender pay gap reporting round, suggests that the graduate gender pay gap has widened for three consecutive years. The difference in average earnings between the 2014/15 and 2016/17 tax year was more than double for male graduates (£1,300) than the difference for female graduates (£600).
However, the report suggests that the gap is partly caused by women being more likely to take a part-time role or stay in higher education for longer after finishing their undergraduate degree than men (86% compared with 83.9%).
“Today’s statistics should be a wake-up call for anyone who cares about gender equality,” Joe Levenson, a spokesman for the charity Young Women’s Trust. “While the impact of having children is often said to be a cause of lower pay for women as they get older, the new graduate pay gap happens before most people start a family.”
The statistics show that men earned an average of £28,300 five years after graduation in the financial year 2016-17, while the average wage of women was £24,700. The disparity was largely caused by a lack of women in senior positions according to the initial findings from an independent review commissioned by the Department of Health.
The deadline for relevant companies to publish their gender pay gap finishes this week. Almost 9 in 10 (88.5%) public sector organisations reported a median pay gap in favour of men, with more than a third paying men 20% more than women.
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