Postgraduate gender pay gap

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-05-16
Session date: 
May 16, 2019
Reference: 
2019/9178
Question By: 
Leonie Cooper
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Women in England with postgraduate degrees still earn less than men with only bachelor’s degrees, while salaries for graduate men are growing at a faster pace than for their female peers, according to the latest official data on graduate earnings. How can you continue to encourage employers in London to eradicate the gender pay gap?

Answer

Postgraduate gender pay gap

Postgraduate gender pay gap

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is unacceptable that male graduates’ earnings are 8 per cent higher than women’s one year after graduation, 15 per cent after five years and 31 per cent higher at 10 years. 

To help close this gap my Good Work Standard will encourage and support London’s employers to create more high-quality, flexible, fairly paid work so that women can progress in their chosen careers. I have improved senior leader and board level diversity across the GLA group, signalling to other employers my commitment to this issue. By launching the Our Time sponsorship programme, I have also created a practical toolkit for how other London employers can support women into leadership roles.

The GLA group was one of the first public sector employers to publish data on the gender pay gap, and we are now working to deliver the action plan to close the gap.  To ensure I continue to lead by example I have also introduced family-friendly policies including flexible working, the Childcare Deposit Loan scheme, and new premature and neo-natal leave policies.