Government data issued last week shows a significant disparity in the number of men and women with a six-figure income. There were 681,000 men earning £100k or more in 2015-16, compared with only 179k women in the same income bracket. The figures also show that 17k men earned over £1m compared to just 2k women earning over one million pounds.

The data also shows a large gender in average earning with male taxpayers having a median annual income of £25,700 compared to their female counterparts earning £20,300 on average. The figures do not account for the fact that more women are in part-time and low-paid work, as those who do not earn enough to pay income tax are not included.