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Mind the (Graduate Gender Pay) Gap

  • 12 November 2020
  • By Bethan Cornell, Rachel Hewitt and Bahram Bekhradnia
  • HEPI number 135

This report looks at the scale of the gender pay gap between male and female graduates and the factors that may influence this. It finds the overall graduate gender pay gap is not wholly accounted for by subject of study, type of university attended, prior attainment, social background or ethnicity. It also explores differences in approaches and attitudes to careers by male and female students.

The report makes a series of recommendations, including better informing students about the existence of the gender pay gap, running specialist sessions to strengthen the approach of both genders to support their future careers, using name-blind recruitment processes to reduce unconscious bias and to stop using earnings data to judge the quality of higher education institutions.

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