Female workers are still the subject of pay discrimination, an expert has said.
According to Jessica Woodroffe, head of campaigns for the Fawcett Society, employers are paying women less than men for jobs that require similar skills.
She stated: "The onus is on individual women if they think they have been discriminated against, to take a case to court. That can take years and a great deal of courage."
A survey conducted for the Fawcett Society and public sector union Unison found that 85 per cent of men and 93 per cent of women believed that the government should do more to ensure that women are paid the same as men for jobs that require the same or similar levels of skills.
In addition, 74 and 83 per cent of men and women respectively expressed a view that pay differences between the genders should be closed regardless of the credit crunch.