HEPI: Male graduates lose their positions in the labour market
Research recently held by HEPI demonstrates that recent graduates are facing many of difficulties in finding a job. In the last 6 months, the situation worsened as unemployment jumped by 25 per cent, compared from 11.1 per cent in December 2008 to 14.0 per cent in December 2009. Also, the situation seems to be looking more severe for young male graduates as 17.2 per cent of them were unemployed in December 2009 compared with 11.2 per cent for females.
The institute collected the most recent data from the Higher Education Statistic Agency (HESA) with some additions from the Office of National Statistics.
HESA report points out that only 44 per cent of graduate workplaces are occupied by men, despite the fact that male population is bigger, pointing it to the fact that females tend to participate more in Higher Education and have a lower drop-out rate.
However, men tend to achieve higher salaries than their female colleagues.
A survey revealed that a newly graduated man is paid as much as 11 per cent more on average than a young lady with the same education.
Furthermore, after three years of experience this difference goes up to 17 per cent.
Nevertheless, studies for the period from 1994 till 2005 show a significant increase in the number of women participating in Higher Education – up from 35 to 40 percent, and only 29 and 32 percent respectively among males.
The gap between genders in higher education has grown with a smaller velocity than it was before.
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