The sector has taken great strides to tackle gender pay inequality and promote inclusivity, according to new analysis by UKHospitality.

New gender pay gap figures released yesterday have shown that out of 85 different sectors, hospitality is the fifth closest to parity on pay, with a gap of just 2.8% on average – this is a notable improvement on last year’s ranking of 15th with a gap of 4%.

Kate Nicholls, chief executive of UKHospitality, 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.

“To be the fifth closest to parity is excellent and I am sure that hospitality businesses will continue to build on this and shrink the gap even further. To move from 15th last year to fifth this year shows that we, as a sector, are not content to sit idle and are actively working hard to promote equality.”

MCA recently took a look at some reported pay data from some of the largest operators in the eating and drinking out sector to see whether progress had been made since last year. To view our analysis and a table of data from a selection of 50 operators, click herege.