Women earning over £1m-a-year outnumbered 10-1 by men

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Women earning upwards of £1m-a-year are outnumbered 10-1 by men.

Females make up just 9.2 per cent of those earning seven-figure salaries, according to analysis of tax returns.

However, the same figures show that in the five years to 2014-15 the number of women who take home seven-figure salaries has doubled. 

The number has increased over five years to 1,400, compared with 13,800 men, according to the Financial Times.

Sam Smethers, chief executive of The Fawcett Society, which promotes gender equality, said the data “clearly shows the gulf between what men and women earn” in top jobs.

He told the newspaper: “It’s not that surprising, but the difference is really stark when you look at the numbers.”

The data, which came from a freedom of information request made to the HM Revenue & Customs, show more women are becoming entrepreneurs. 

Compared to 1.2m in 2011, 1.6m females were self-employed in the first quarter of this year, according to the figures requested by financial adviser Salisbury House Wealth.

The data comes after a huge gender equality pay gap at the BBC was revealed after it published the salaries of its top earners.

Chris Evans, the broadcaster’s highest earning man, took home four times as much as Claudia Winkleman, the highest paid woman on the list.

Ann Francke, chief executive the Chartered Management Institute, told the FT that the corporation’s revelation is the “first step towards the tipping point.”

She added: “You see that with the reaction to the BBC’s disclosure — and we are going to see more ‘BBC moments’ in the months ahead.”

By April next year, all businesses that employ more than 250 people must publish details of their company’s gender pay gap.

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