The salary differential between the sexes on completion of a part-time degree has jumped up by £2,000 over the past year.
In 2011-12, men enjoyed a mean salary of £31,500 six months after graduation, compared with £26,000 for women, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency. But in 2012-13, men’s salaries rose by £1,000 to £32,500, while women’s salaries fell by £1,000 to £25,000.
By comparison, the salary difference between the sexes six months after graduating from full-time study is £2,000. Unlike part-time leavers, both men and women saw a £500 rise in mean salaries between 2011-12 and 2012-13. The mean average salary of men who completed a full-time degree now stands at £21,500, compared with £19,500 for women.