HR · 24 October 2018

Is “imposter syndrome” causing female graduates to ask for less pay than men?

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Research has revealed a disparity in confidence levels between the genders

Female graduates holding back from asking for as much money as their male colleagues are setting themselves up for lower pay for life, according to new findings.

New research commissioned by graduate jobs board Milkround revealed that women entering the workforce are suffering from imposter syndrome with lower salary expectations and a lack of confidence. This, it said, could be costing them their dream job and affecting their career opportunities.

The research revealed that one in three women are worried about low pay and think theyll earn under 20, 000 in an entry level role, compared to less than a quarter of their male counterparts.

Males expect to be earning more in five years? time, with more females, 25% compared to 15% males, expecting to be on 25, 000-£30, 000 and more males, 23% compared to 17% females expecting to be on over 35, 000 in that timeframe.

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