By midnight on Wednesday 3,010 companies and public-sector organisations of a total of 10,014 which had filed had reported a pay gap that was above the national median of 18.4%. In the banking sector, Macquarie Corporate Holdings reported a 60% gap and Macquarie Bank 53%. In sport Millwall Holdings, the parent of the Millwall Football Club reported a pay gap of 80% in the hours before the deadline. Ryanair reported the worst gender pay gap in the transport sector, at 71.8%, and said 97% of its top-earners were male. Ouch!
Russian former spy Sergei Skripal is no longer in a critical condition after being poisoned by a nerve agent, doctors have said. Salisbury District Hospital said Mr Skripal is responding well to treatment and "improving rapidly". Mr Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia, 33, have been in hospital for more than a month after being found unconscious on a bench in Salisbury.
Walt Disney has waded into the years-long dispute over Rupert Murdoch’s influence in UK media by offering to buy Sky News, attempting to ease political and regulatory fears that Fox’s acquisition of the television outlet would deepen the media mogul’s dominance in Britain. Disney’s move on Tuesday would untangle the process by, in effect, leaping over Fox to acquire Sky News directly.