BBC gender pay gap falls to 7.6%



The BBC says its gender pay gap has been reduced by nearly a fifth over the past year, with the median pay gap falling from 9.3% to 7.6%.

The BBC says 7.1% of the remaining gap is driven by structural issues with too few women in senior leadership roles and more women than men in the lowest quartile of the workforce.

It says the reduction has been achieved through initiatives such as addressing specific pay issues, introducing a simpler job framework and repositioning people within their pay ranges. The remaining quarter of the reduction is due to BBC Studios and BBC Worldwide becoming a single commercial organisation.

The corporation also released separate figures on women in leadership positions which showed 43.3% of leadership posts are held by women, up from 42.1% last year. The BBC says it wants to increase this to 50% by 2020.

The BBC also published a review of the organisation’s culture and progression for women.

The review’s stated aim is to provide a blueprint to help sweep away barriers to women progressing, to ensure everyone at the BBC can fulfil their ambitions.

The review, led by Donalda MacKinnon, Director of BBC Scotland, sets out a range of recommendations drawn up after extensive consultation with staff and has identified three priority areas:

  • flexible working/maternity coaching and mentoring
  • more short term attachments to enable people to get the experience they need to progress and the development of high potential programmes for women as well as mixed gender panels and shortlists
  • more training and support for managers, ensuring senior leaders act as role models to set the culture of the BBC.

The BBC has been under a lot of pressure over gender pay issues since it published the pay of its top presenters last year and since Carrie Gracie quit as China editor claiming she had been paid less than her male peers.

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