Study English to Beat the Gender Pay Gap in the UK

Jul 4, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

The British government recently announced that women face a pay gap as soon as the first year after graduation.

The data reflects higher pay for men who graduated with same year with degrees in the same subjects—except for English.

Women who studied English beat the gender pay gap five years after graduating.

The widest gap?  Veterinary science.  Women in veterinary medicine earn half as much as men in the first year.  Nursing too showed a significant gap, where men—dominated by women in numbers in the field—earned about $2,500 more per year than women after graduation.

Another field that beat the gender pay gap?  Law. Female graduates from Oxford and Essex earned higher pay than men five years after starting work.

In general, data from the British government show that the most highly paid graduates—regardless of gender or field of study—earned A-level grades and attended universities in and around London and south England: London’s Imperial College, the London School of Economics, University College London, Oxford, and Cambridge.  Also among the high earners are graduates of the University of Bath.

Learn more about studying in the UK.

 

 

Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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