Private pay progression

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Anders, Jake
Sutton Trust
Date of publication
6 August 2015
Research brief; 6
Social welfare
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This research explores graduate pay progression. It looks at the way social background continues to influence graduates' pay and career progression once young people are& in professional employment. Results show that:

  • Three and a half years after graduation, private school graduates in top jobs earn £4,500 more than their state school counterparts
  • Their salaries also increase more quickly than for state school graduates – growing by £3,000 more over the same three-year period
  • Half of this pay difference can be explained by the variables such as type of higher education institution attended or prior academic achievement
  • Half cannot be explained by factors accounted for in this research. This implies that non-academic skills such as articulacy or assertiveness could play an important role in accessing high-status jobs, and wider societal factors may also play a role

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