A major change in the legal landscape affecting women in business came in May with the introduction of a new law requiring businesses to start gathering and reporting on their gap in pay between the genders.

New regulations brought in under the Equality Act 2010 require UK employers to start gathering data annually on the difference in salaries and bonuses between women and men.

Employers with more than 250 staff will be required to publish their first gender pay gap results by 4 April 2018 at the latest. The new rules apply to the private and third sectors, but not the public sector. It is estimated that more than 8000 private and third sector employers across the UK will be affected.