Gender and sexuality

Despite legislation, many female graduates still don't earn the same pay as male graduates in comparable jobs. A study carried out for the Equal Opportunities Commission found that women students can expect to earn 15% less than men within five years of graduation.

Hopefully, this situation will improve in the future, following pressure from organisations such as the Equal Opportunities Commission, National Union of Students, Opportunity Now and Business in the Community as well as the government.

If you think that you are being paid unequally, the EOC leaflet, 'Are You Getting Equal Pay?' provides information on the action you could take. There is also a helpline: +44 (0)845 601 5901.

Gender issues resources


Discrimination at work on the basis of sexual orientation was made illegal at the end of 2003. The Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 outlaw discrimination in employment and vocational training on the grounds of sexual orientation and religion or belief respectively. Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are protected in the workplace against both direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, and victimisation on the basis of their sexuality.

Further information relating to these issues may be found on Prospects or the GOV.UK website.


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