Women are not as well respected as men in many professions, today's Essential Report has found.

Those polled said men were more respected in building and construction, the military, politics, sport, finance and banking, law, medicine and journalism. Women are more respected in nursing, according to those polled. The only two professions where half of respondents or more said men and women were respected equally were teaching (50%) and TV presenting (52%). In journalism, 43% said men and women were equally respected, as compared to 37% who said men were more respected and 8% who said the same for women.