Male unemployment has fallen by 14% over the past three years while female unemployment has risen by 22%.
The headline figures show participation in the labour market remains skewed in favour of men:
-- Men are more likely to be in employment than women - 64% against 54%-- Men are more likely to be in full-time employment than women - 57% against 33%-- Women are three times more likely than men to be in part-time employment - 21% against 7%-- Men are twice as likely to be self-employed than women - 10% against 5%
As of February 2013, women, generally, are less inclined than men to think that they are currently living comfortably (14% against 20%), with a bigger proportion of women also reporting that money is tight (46% compared with 41%).
It may be an indication of who does the shopping, but women (63%) are more inclined to say that they are spending more or a lot more than a year ago on household groceries than men (56%). More women report they are spending a lot less than a year ago on going out and treating themselves - 25% against 19% - and less or a lot less on clothes (42% against 33%).
Current accounts: Parity for men and women
In 2002, women were slightly less likely to have a current account than men (82% against 85%), however women have caught up and now both are equally likely to have a current account with 90% of both sexes doing so.
Deposit based savings: Women have higher savings balances
The typical savings balance held by female customers is GBP 8,211 compared to GBP 7,699 held by men - a difference of GBP 512.
Female savers with Halifax have an average balance equivalent to 41% of their average annual gross earnings, whereas men have an average balance of just 23% of their earnings - a difference of 18 percentage points.
Men are also more likely to have no savings, with 37% of single men reporting to have none compared with 30% of single women.
Savings and Investments: Women more likely to have an ISA but less likely to have share related investments
A slightly higher proportion of women (34%) have an ISA than men (31%). But despite having a higher uptake of ISAs, those women with savings in an ISA have a slightly lower balance than men, on average: 2% lower at GBP 8,816 against GBP 8,973.
Men are more likely to have share related investments: stocks and shares (14% against 11%), unit trusts (3% against 2%) and company share schemes (3% against 1%).
While 23% of both men and women participate in an employer-sponsored pension, fewer women have a personal pension (3% against 7%), with. (FRS T8.1)
Pensions: Male pensioners are better off and men are making better provision for retirement
It follows that women are making less provision for their retirement than men, with just 42% of women currently saving adequately compared with 49% of men.
As such the gender gap has continued to widen. The latest data shows the average savings ratio for women fell from 8.8% to 7.5% in the year to March 2012, whereas for men it increased from 9.7% to 10.2%.
On average, male pensioners have higher incomes than female pensioners. Single male pensioners had an average net income after housing costs of GBP 257 per week in 2010-11 compared with GBP 211 for single female pensioners - a difference of 22%.