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BBC pays female staff almost 10% less than male staff

A gender balance report showed that female BBC employees receive 9.3% less in their pay than male colleagues.

The report was carried out by EY, and showed that only a third of the highest earners at the BBC were women. Men filled the top seven positions.

The pay grade where women were in the majority was found to be the lowest bracket, where women made up 58% of employees. This was the only pay bracket where women had the majority.

Disturbingly, the figures show that the BBD is in fact ahead of many other organisations where women are paid less than men. The pay gap in the BBC is less that the UK average which stands at 18.1%.

Tony Hall, director general of the BBC said that ‘fairness in pay is vital’. The BBC has promised to reduce and remove the gender pay gap by 2020. They have set targets along the way for equality and diversity. While the BBC still has much more work to do along these lines, Mr Hall said that he wants the company to set an example of equal pay.

After an equal pay audit was carried out by Eversheds, it was shown that even with the gender pay gap, there was no evidence of any discrimination against women in the BBC.

What was revealed after the report, was that employees with on-air contracts, and freelancers were omitted from participating in the study.

Overseeing the audit, Sir Patrick Elias said that the report did not, and could not categorically prove that there is no discrimination to groups or individuals who work at the BBC.

Elias went on to say that in events where men and women received different pay for doing the same job, it was more an issue of fairness than of gender discrimination. There were in fact, some issues which affected both men and women.

When the application of the principles for determining pay scales was not transparent, or lacked in consistency, the work place became a breeding ground for suspicion, and a sense of unfairness was generated. It is very important that these procedures are improved.

Sam Smethers, chief executive of Fawcett Society said that the BBC needed to start addressing all cases of unequal pay, as well as making itself more transparent in the gender pay gap area.

Ms Smethers added that the BBC should aim to become transparent, particularly in cases where women have been directly affected by gender pay gaps. Only by doing this, will inequalities be addressed as openly as possible, and solutions found.


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