A survey of 19 countries has revealed what British women feel are the greatest challenges facing them in the workplace.

The top concerns were over pay and support, as only 30 per cent were confident that they earned the same salary as a man doing the same job, and only 29 per cent were confident they could have a family without it damaging their career.

For these criteria the UK ranked 17th, showing that the perception is that the country is performing poorly for gender equality, relative to it's status as a highly developed country.

During the survey of over 9,500 women under 65 by ipsos-MORI, respondents were asked how much they agreed with a series of statements, and the UK results were as follows:

Globally, the issue that concerned women most was work-life balance, followed by equal pay, and being denied the same career opportunities.

The fourth largest issue was workplace harrassment, as the poll found that nearly one third of G20 women say they have been harassed at work but more than 60 percent do not report this.

The fifth largest issue was that women felt they could not have children without it damaging their career, although, on a positive note, less women felt this than in previous polls.

The countries surveyed were Argentina, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Indonesia and the United States.

In a separate study, the UK ranked 35th in the world in the UN’s Gender Equality Index in 2013, despite ranking 14th for development.

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