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Read moreRead moreA study has revealed how students on the NHS were more likely to be male than female, according to a new study.
But despite the fact that the NHS has had an overwhelmingly male population for the last 70 years, it’s still the case that women and girls have been more likely than men to go into nursing, with women on average earning about half of what men earn, the University of Oxford report said.
In the NHS, only 11% of nursing students were women, but this number has risen to 28% since the 1990s, according the study, published in the Royal Society journal Proceedings of the Royal Anthropological Institute.
Nursing students were more than twice as likely as non-nursing undergraduate students to be men, with 26% of those taking up the nursing degree going on to become a doctor, with just 15% of men doing the same.
The study also revealed that the proportion of women going into nursing was higher among students who studied at a higher level than the general population.
This meant they were more suited to be nursing students than those who had studied more broadly.
The University of Cambridge study also found that women who studied more in a university were more successful in the profession.
Women were twice as successful in obtaining a degree as those who did not, the study found.
In addition, the number of women on staff in the NHS increased from 10% to 16% between 1990 and 2013, with a similar increase for nurses.
While the study did not say which factors made nursing more popular among women than men, it does suggest that nursing is one of the few professions that is predominantly female-dominated.
“This is in stark contrast to other professions, such as medicine and dentistry, which have a disproportionately male workforce,” Dr Lisa Brown, one of lead authors of the study said.
“Although the proportion [of women] in nursing has risen, its continued rise in the past decade has made it a highly desirable occupation, especially for women.”
Dr Brown added that the study also showed that the female-to-male ratio in the healthcare sector had risen from 1.6 to 1.9 in just over a decade.
While some nurses and midwives are now making the transition from teaching to nursing, the NHS is still home to one in three nursing students.
Nurses, and the NHS in particular, are one of Britain’s most segregated workplaces.
In fact, in 2017, the government’s new “gender pay gap” legislation would force employers to pay women up to £1,000 more per year than men if they want to continue to operate.