Newly qualified female graduates are earning thousands of pounds a year less than their male counterparts, a new study reveals.

Women who had recently received their degree were earning salaries of between £15,000 and £23,999, while men were taking home £24,000 or more for the same job.

With the exception of the not-for-profit sector, the discrepancy was consistent across nearly all professions, according to the study by the Warwick Institute for Employment Research on behalf of the Higher Education Careers Services Unit (Hecsu).

Even when graduates had studied the same subject, achieved an identical UCAS score or attended the same university, the gap persisted.

The report says: ‘Underlying all of the analyses… is a continuing and seemingly permanent finding – the fact that male graduates earn more than females. We drew attention to this in our studies of the 1995 and 1999 graduating cohorts.

‘The same results are still in evidence some 10 years later. Again, we can highlight specific sectors of the economy and types of work where the gender differential in earnings is endemic.’

Jane Artess, director of research at Hecsu, said that the reasons behind the gap need to be addressed with further study.

For more information on your earning potential, read about the state of graduate salaries in 2013.

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