Revealed: The degrees where you’ll be paid less simply because you’re a woman

Some women will earn 16 per cent less than men when they graduate


Female graduates in full-time work earn up to £3,500 less than male graduates, according to statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

There’s a national graduate gender pay gap of £2,500, regardless of what degree you do. If you just look at the best and and worst-earning quartiles for men and women, men earn £3,000 more in the top earners, and still earn £1,500 in the worst earners.

If you’re a female graduate in full-time employment, you’re likely getting screwed. The degrees to saddle females with the most sexist outcomes are business and administrative studies degrees – with an earnings gap of £3,500. In fact, the only degree which has an earnings gap in favour of women is mass communications – where female grads earn £500 more than their male counterparts.

The average male biology graduate earns £1,500 more every year. For Agriculture graduates, the difference between men and women spikes to a massive £2,500 a year. Architecture has a similar earnings gap.

For science graduates generally, there’s a hefty £1,500 gap – female grads earn £22,000 a year on average, compared to male grads earning £23,500.

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The only equitable degrees are medicine-related subjects, where both genders earn £22,000 on average. Across all other degree choices, their is a gender gap of some kind, whether it’s veterinary science (£500), languages (£1,500), or creative arts and design (£2,000).

Subject areas:

Medicine-related: Pharmacy, anatomy, neuroscience, nutrition, nursing, etc.

Biological sciences: Zoology, psychology, genetics, PE, etc.

Agriculture and related subjects: Animal science, forestry, food and beverage studies, etc.

Physical sciences: Chemistry, material sciences, astronomy, geology, physics, etc.

Engineering and technology: Civil, aerospace, and mechanical engineering, metallurgy, naval architecture, polymers and textiles, etc.

Architecture, building and planning: Landscape and rural design, architecture, construction, etc.

Social Studies: Economics, politics, sociology, anthropology, etc.

Business and administrative studies: Business, management, finance, accounting, marketing, etc.

Mass communication: Information services, journalism, publishing, media studies, etc.

Languages: Linguistics, foreign languages, literature, classics, etc.

History and philosophy: Archaeology, theology, history, philosophy, heritage studies, etc.

Creative arts and design: Fine art, design studies, drama, dance, crafts, etc.