Wage study says women paid less

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

MALE univer­sity grad­u­ates are be­ing paid thou­sands more than their fe­male coun­ter­parts as new fig­ures show em­ploy­ment rates of grad­u­ates are at their worst in al­most 15 years.

The wage gap was thrown into the spotlight with the me­dian start­ing salary for women grad­u­ates sit­ting at $ 52,000 com­pared with men at $ 55,000 in 2014, ac­cord­ing to the latest re­port on grad­u­ate em­ploy­ment.

On av­er­age, male grad­u­ates earned $ 3 more an hour in so­cial sciences while women gen­er­ally earned $ 1.90 more per hour in so­cial work and $ 1.50 more in en­gi­neer­ing.

The Grad­u­ate Ca­reers Aus­tralia anal­y­sis found start­ing salaries for men were 4.4 per cent higher than for women. “The over­all wage gap favour­ing males is due, in part, to an over- rep­re­sen­ta­tion of males in fields of ed­u­ca­tion that typ­i­cally had higher start­ing salaries, such as en­gi­neer­ing,” the re­port said.

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