Female students expect to earn 14 per cent less than men

Female students can expect to earn 14 per cent less than their male counterparts, according to a new survey.

Save the Student’s National Student Money Survey 2016 found that of those surveyed, female students expected to make just £19,662 in their first graduate role, while male students expected to earn £22,988. This is a gender gap of over £3,000 a year.

In general, female students are receiving better results than male students and are more likely to get a job within six months.

The survey, which interviewed over 2,000 students, also found that only 52 per cent were confident in finding work after graduating. 67 per cent of students said that they were worried about loan repayments and 55 per cent thought that university was not good value for money.

Jake Butler, Save the Student said, “It’s sad to hear that female students are undervaluing themselves in comparison to their male counterparts.”

“The employment stats for graduates tend to be stronger for women so why is it that they lack the belief?”

“It’s an important issue that needs addressing so that female graduates can start to smash the gender equality barriers.”

Butler continued, saying, “Students across the board are starting to really question the value of their degree in terms of securing top level graduate employment, all against the backdrop of tuition fees increasing yet again.”

View the Save the Student infographic below:

Students and Money: An infographic by the team at Save the Student.


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