New figures show gender pay gap for young female graduates

Responding to graduate outcomes statistics released today by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), Joe Levenson Director of Communications and Campaigns at Young Women’s Trust said: 

“No sooner than a year after young women have returned their graduation gowns, those who have a job find themselves worse off than their male counterparts.

“If these inequalities are to be tackled, we need to smash career stereotypes, which are leaving young women locked out of better paid careers. Gender pay gap reporting – suspended by the Government during the coronavirus outbreak – needs to be reinstated immediately to shine a light on the inequalities existing in employers across the country. More work also needs to be done to ensure employers are transparent about pay and progression.

“This isn’t just the case for graduates either, Young Women’s Trust research has previously found that women who train as apprentices are paid less too, leaving them up to £2,000 a year worse off. With a looming recession, employers and the Government need to work quickly to address these inequalities to ensure all young women can succeed and have the same opportunities as young men.”

Note to editors

Read the Higher Education Graduate Outcomes Statistics: UK, 2017/18 here.