Women students have lower pay expectations than male counterparts
Women university students in Finland who are about to graduate expect starting pay of about EUR 4,200 less a year than their male counterparts. The average expectation for annual income for women is about EUR 26,763, while men want to get EUR 30,980.
The difference in monthly earnings is EUR 350.
On the other hand, women with academic backgrounds want to work fewer hours than men. Women expect to work an average 38.6 hours a week, as opposed to 39.5 hours for men.
A recent study by the consulting firm Universum Communications involved interviews with 4,112 students of economics, sciences, and technology in 21 universities and polytechnics.
The results of the study do not differ much from those from other countries in the Nordic region. Women’s salary expectations were thousands of euros lower than those of men in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark. However, the gap was greatest in Finland.
In Norway and Denmark both male and female students expected to start earning more than EUR 40,000 after graduation. In Sweden, young graduates would be happy with just over EUR 30,000.
Graduating students in Nordic Countries other than Finland would be willing to accept considerably longer work weeks than those in Finland - an average 43 hours a week.
Although young Finnish women are willing to work for less pay than men expect to earn, they nevertheless seek out employers known to treat men and women equally. For Finnish women, equal treatment of both genders is the second-highest priority when choosing an employer, with 43 percent mentioning it as one of three most important factors in choosing a job.
For men, the gender equality issue ranks 12th on a list of 15 priorities. Only seven percent of men put the issue in the top three.
Fewer than five percent of women said that they would like to have an employer that would offer management-level tasks or rapid advancement in their careers; less than three percent of the women mentioned management tasks as a career goal.
About twice as many men had managerial ambitions, and 14 percent felt that they had the kinds of qualities required for the task. About seven percent of women felt that they had leadership qualities.
Both men and women agreed that high pay, job security, and diverse tasks at work were the most important attributes of a good job.
When asked about the most important benefits in addition to pay, both men and women listed health care and paid overtime. Good holiday benefits, and performance bonuses were also welcomed by both genders, although men were more interested in the bonuses than women were.
Women were more interested in pension benefits and education, while men were attracted to the idea of a company car.