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Female graduates have lower salary expectations than men, says study

Women graduates expect to earn less for their first job than men, according to a new report

WOMEN graduates expect to earn less for their first job than men, starting off the gender pay gap from the moment they begin work, according to a new report.

A study suggested a lack of confidence was holding back women, with one in three believing they will be paid less than £20,000 in their first post, compared with around one in five men.

A survey of 5,700 graduates by jobs board Milkround indicated that men were more confident than women about how much they will be paid.

Georgina Brazier of Milkround said: "Confidence issues are affecting graduates before they even hit the workforce, which often lasts with them throughout their career.

"Our research shows almost half of all graduates think more self-confidence would help them with their job searches.

"Once employed, we find that graduates are stepping into the workforce with a preconceived idea on salary, that is connected to their self-confidence."

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