Virgin Atlantic is among big firms reported to have a wider gender pay gap than last year, based on analysis by the BBC.

The research found that four in ten private companies that have published their latest gender pay gap are reporting wider gaps than they did in 2018.

The BBC looked at a company’s median pay gap – the difference in pay between the middle-ranking woman and the middle-ranking man. 

Of those 1,146 companies the median gender pay gap reported is 8.4% – a slight improvement from 9.7% last year.

However, Virgin Atlantic Airways’ gender pay gap was 30% against 27.2% last year while Virgin Holidays was down to 23.1% from 30% in favour of men last year.

Tui UK reported a pay gap of 30.7% in favour of men, down from 31.4% last year but higher than the average of all companies, according to the data.

Only about 10% of employers have reported their latest figures so far, ahead of an April 4 deadline for the private sector.

Other large companies with a wider pay gap include Kwik Fit and Npower.