New data on British graduates reveals women face a pay gap as early as their first year post university.
The educational outcomes data is the first large-scale set of data on British graduates, published by the government.
Statistics from the data show that men are much more likely to have a higher salary than a woman who graduated from the same year and subject.
The only exception was in the subject of English, where female graduates earned more than their male peers five years after graduating.
In the subject of nursing, females earned around 2,000 less than their male counterparts a year after graduating, whilst women in veterinary science earn almost half of what men do in the same subject.
The data was comprised from the educational records of British schools and universities, and the government’s tax databases, producing the material for researchers to examine the future career prospects of various subjects on men and women.
Overall, the data proved that the highest paid graduates were those from universities in and around the south of England, especially London universities.
The most successful graduates also had high A-level grades.
Graduates from Oxford and Essex in Law showed surprising results with women earning higher pay than men five years after graduating.
Discussing the figures, Nicola Dandridge, chief executive of the Universities UK lobby group said:
“Across all universities and courses, official figures show that graduates in the UK are still more likely to be in employment.“
“On average, they continue to earn substantially more than non-graduates,”
“However, graduate salaries are not the only measure of success in higher education.“
“Many students seek rewarding careers where high salaries are not their only motivation.”