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Gender differences in Grad pay expectations

Female university graduates dramatically underestimate their worth contributing to gender pay gap. Only 17 per cent of women expect to earn between £25,000 and £35,000 in their first jobs, compared with almost half of male graduates.

We may be making some progress when it comes to the glass ceiling but women might also have a “lead floor” to contest with.

New research reveals that female graduates dramatically underestimate their earning power when applying for their first job out of university, which could be contributing to a stubborn gender pay gap later in life.

Results from a survey of 5,000 postgraduates show that more than a third of female respondents indicate that they expect a starting graduate salary of £20,000, which falls a staggering £10,000 short of the median UK graduate wage of £30,000 per year.

The study – conducted by the graduate career website Milkround – shows that only 17 per cent of women expect to earn between £25,000 and £35,000 in their first jobs, compared with almost half of male graduates.

Full article in the Independent