Wage study says women paid less
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.