Gender pay-gap reports highlight the penalty for women in the workplace

Men are paid, on average, around 11-12pc more per hour than women across the economy. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Sarah Collins

Gender pay gap-reports are confirming what we've long known: women are over-represented in part-time and lower-paid work and under-represented in high-paying leadership jobs, although the scale of the skew in sectors like law, consulting and finance, or indeed media, is a surprise.