Young women are paid less from start of their careers

Thursday 1 December 2016

Young women are paid less from the start of their careers, says Young Women’s Trust

YWTCommenting on statistics published today by the Department of Education, which detail the employment and earnings outcomes of higher education graduates, Young Women’s Trust Chief Executive Dr Carole Easton said:

 “Today’s statistics show that women are paid less than men right from the start of their careers.

“Male graduates of all but one degree subject are out-earning women. Across all subject areas, men are earning on average £2,900 more than women just five years after completing their degree. Those who study architecture or computer science are earning a huge £4,500 more than women a year.

“Young Women’s Trust research shows that women who train as apprentices are paid less too. Young women apprentices earn 21 per cent less than their male counterparts, leaving them £2,000 a year worse off.

“Paying young women fairly is not only right, but would benefit businesses and the economy as a whole.”


Notes to editor:

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 16-30 trapped by low or no pay. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
  2. Today’s Department for Education statistics on the employment and earnings outcomes of higher education graduates can be found at: A table detailing the gender breakdown of pay by degree subject is on page 31.
  3. Young Women’s Trust released a report this year into apprenticeships, which showed that the gender pay gap among young apprentices is 21 per cent. The full report can be found here
  4. For more information, please contact Bex Bailey at or 07963018281.