Here’s What You’ll Earn After University Depending On Whether You’re a Man or a Woman

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) has released the results of the latest Destination of Leavers From Higher Education survey (DLHE), which questioned 399,345 university graduates on their employment status and salary.

The findings were largely accepted as good news as they illustrated a steady increase in the number of graduates in “professional employment” 6 months after leaving university.

The table below shows that, for full-time first degree leavers, unemployment was down for the fourth year in a row.

90% who graduated in 2015 are in work or back at university, with only 6% unemployed and a further 5% classed as “other” – which usually means travelling.



But the results also revealed a worrying disparity between male and female salaries.

While the overall mean salary of graduates working full-time had risen from £21,500 to £22,500, the differences in gender suggest that the pay gap between men and women is growing – not decreasing.

The mean salary for men in this survey (2014/15) is £24,000, while for women it is £21,000 – a wage disparity of £3,000. In 2013/14 the gap was just £2,000.

The table below shows men are much more likely than women to be earning over £25,000.



In future, HESA will be looking at drawing employment information from national datasets instead of surveys.