New analysis by UKHospitality suggests that the sector has a pay gap of just 2.8 per cent.

 

That makes it the fifth closest to parity of 85 industries. Last year hospitality ranked 15th with a gap of 4 per cent.

UKHospitality Chief Executive Kate Nicholls said: "The continued shrinking of the gender pay gap in the hospitality sector is incredibly positive news. It highlights the forward-thinking and inclusive attitude of our sector and the hard work employers have done to provide opportunities, irrespective of people's gender.

"We are truly passionate about providing opportunities and meaningful career progression. The figures confirm our message that, within hospitality, there are no barriers to progression."