The UK’s annual pay gap has widened to an astonishing £7,000 for those working in the fields of healthcare, education and training, according to the latest figures from the British Medical Association.
The figure was £5,800 for those who worked in the areas of primary care and pharmacy, and £5 the lowest for those in all other professions.
This was an increase of almost 12 per cent from £5.7m in 2017.
The gap between the highest and lowest paid was £1,400, while the average salary was £29,000.
It was not the first year that the figures had been released, but the first in which the gap between those earning the highest salaries and those earning below the poverty line was reported.
For the first time, the gap has been broken down by gender.
Women make up a majority of all doctors and nurses, but are still earning less than men.
In 2018, women made up just 3.7 per cent of the workforce, but were paid less than their male counterparts.
For people aged over 65, the gender pay gap was 8 per cent.
A total of 14,742,800 people were paid more than £100,000 in 2018, an increase from 13,821,000 the previous year.
This is down by 6 per cent compared with 2015, but is up by 0.8 per cent on 2015.