By Daniel Hunter

The average full-time annual wage gender pay gap shrank to a record low in April, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS said the gap was 9.4% in April, down from 10% in the same period last year. It is the lowest level since records began in 1997 when it was 17.4%.

The Chancellor George Osborne said it was "another sign of progress in the fight for equal pay".

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) welcomed the new figures, but called for more to be done in order to bridge the gap further.