Herald analysis shows the pay gap between men and women has been widening over the last decade. Here are the ten professions with the largest gap.

Finance, administration, media and IT are the jobs with the largest pay inequality between men and women.

These sectors are followed closely by jobs in manufacturing, mining, real estate, administration services, the healthcare sector, art and recreation services and the education sector.

The pay discrepancy between men and women varies depending on the profession, but statistics show across all sectors, women earn 14 per cent less than men.

Research conducted by the Ministry of Women's Affairs found that graduates entering the workforce were paid similar salaries, but the pay gap further increased for top-paying roles.

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Another factor contributing pay inequality has been attributed to women working in lower paid, female-dominated occupations.

Professions with greatest pay gap:

1.

Financial and insurance services

2.

Professional and administrative services

3.

Information, media and telecommunications

4.

Manufacturing

5.

Mining

6.

Rental, hiring and real estate services

7.

Public administration and safety

8.

Health

9.

Art and recreation

10.

Education and training