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More female graduates find employment within six months

A greater proportion of female graduates are in employment six months after they leave university than their male counterparts.

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) revealed 7% of women were unemployed half a year after leaving university in 2012; this is compared with 11% of men.

Figures found that 9% of 230,000 full-time graduates who completed degrees at a UK university in 2011/12 failed to find a job within this six-month period.

They revealed 72% were working or working and studying six months after graduating, while 15% were still studying.

Almost two-thirds of those who did get jobs found professional positions, while the remainder were in roles that did not require a degree, including 9,500 people in “elementary occupations”, such as waiters and shelf-stackers.

Despite women being more likely to get a job so soon after finishing university, their average annual wage was £19,000, compared to the £21,000 male graduates receive.

Earlier this month, the Centre of Economic Performance stated men earn 6% more than women after graduating from university.

It also reported females who earn a first at university are likely to take home the same salary as those who get a 2:1 in their degree.

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