Even with a postgraduate degree women may not earn as much as men

When a woman completes a master's degree, her median earning still does not rise above the median earnings of a man with a bachelor's. 

Eliza Archer
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After completing a postgraduate degree women in England can expect to be paid less than males who have just a bachelor’s. Women with any form of postgraduate degree earn a median of  £37,000 per year. This figure is lower than the salary for men with a postgraduate (£43,000) and men with an undergraduate (£38,500).  

Universities Minister, Chris Skidmore, expressed concern over the consistent gender gaps. However, the Department for Education suggested “The gaps between males and females, however, may to some extent reflect differences in working patterns between the two genders”

Furthermore, the gender pay gap is continuing to widen for those under the age of 30. Since 2009, median earning for female graduates have not increased at the same rate as earnings for male candidates.

Skidmore stated “This government is clear that all graduates, no matter their gender, race or background, should be benefiting from our world-class universities and there is clearly much further to go to improve the race and gender pay gap”. 

Details from the story:

  • The data comes from graduate labour market statistics from the Department for Education.
  • The data show shows a “graduate premium”, a £10,000 pay difference between graduates and those without a degree.
  • Black graduates were found to be the lowest paid of all, earning almost £10,000 less than white graduates.
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