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University education does not close pay gap.

University education does not close pay gap.

The pay gap between male and female graduates in the UK has widened over three consecutive years, according to new data that suggests a student’s future earnings are strongly linked to their family background and school.

The figures from the government’s database of graduate employment and earnings reveal that pay for men continues to outstrip that of women after finishing their undergraduate degrees, and widened each year between 2014 and 2017.

In the 2014-15 fiscal year, the gap in median earnings stood at £2,900, with men earning an average of £27,000 five years after graduation and women on £24,100. But the following year the pay gap widened to £3,300 and then to £3,600 in 2016-17, with men’s earnings increasing by more than double those of women.

The data also shows that men earn more than women at all stages in the decade after graduation, with male earnings 8% higher after one year, 15% after five years and 31% higher at 10 years after graduation.

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