‘Hard’ /ˈskɛ.djuːl/
vs ‘Soft’ /ˈʃɛ.djuːl/

Is one of the two variants

  1. /ˈʃɛ.djuːl/ with ‘sh‑’
    (so including [ˈʃɛ.djɫ], [ˈʃɛ.dʒɫ̩], [ˈʃɛ.dʒu.əɫ], [ˈʃɛ.dʒuːɫ])

  2. /ˈskɛ.djuːl/ with ‘sk‑’
    (so including [ˈskɛ.dʒu.əɫ], [ˈskɛ.djɫ̩], [ˈskɛ.dʒuɫ], [ˈskɛ.dʒuːɫ], [ˈskɛˌdʒuɫ], [ˈskɛ.dʒʊɫ], [ˈskɛ.dʒəɫ])

more widespread in the US vs UK, or is this just a matter of areas or even single individuals?

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    /skɛdjuːl/ is the only pronunciation in the US, in all areas. /ˈʃɛdjuːl/ sounds very British to me. I don't know what they do in Australia, India, or elsewhere. – Mitch Feb 2 at 16:15
  • Thanks @EdwinAshworth I hadn't seen that one... – user373710 Feb 2 at 16:22
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    The starting sound /sk/ is indeed the pronunciation used in the US, but the second consonant cluster can be more like /dʒj/. – Mike Graham Feb 2 at 17:22
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    It may not simply be another difference between US and Br English. When I dealt with legislation as a civil servant in the UK in the 1970s and 1980s we all said /ˈʃɛdjuːl/. My flatmate at that time, a barrister of mixed Irish/Scottish ancestry, always said /skɛdjuːl/ . – JeremyC Feb 2 at 22:57