Young women now earn more than men in UK
Summary of story from the Independent, 3 October 2011
Young women in the UK are finally earning more than their male counterparts, according to new research.
Figures show that women between 22 and 29 in employment now earn more on average per hour than men of the same age.
The figures were unearthed by Mary Curnock Cook, chief executive of the Universities and Colleges Admission Service [UCAS] during research into the gender gap in education.
The median hourly pay for women is now just over £10, compared to just under £10 for men. In 1997 the figures showed the opposite.
The gap between men and women’s pay among 18 to 21 year olds and 30 to 39 year olds is also narrowing.
It is only among older workers aged between 40 and 49 that there is still a significant pay gap, with men earning more than £14 per hour while women earn just £12.
Ms Curnock Cook, who was delivering the Elizabeth Johnson memorial lecture at the Institute of Physics, said: “The gender pay gap may take another generation to close as the pay feeds through to the more senior workforce.”
She stressed that: “I wouldn’t want anyone to think I’ve come and solved the gender gap in pay rates.”
Overall the gap between the extra that women can expect to earn after getting a degree and the extra men can expect is still significant – £82,000 as opposed to £121,000.