BBC notes progress on gender pay equity

BBC report highlights progress on addressing the gender pay gap and equal pay.



The BBC claims it is making significant progress on gender pay, after releasing figures showing three women among its top 10 earning presenters compared to none three years ago.

In its annual survey, the BBC says its figures for talent paid over £150,000 has changed from a 75:25 male female split in 2016/17 to a projected 55:45 split for 2019/20.

The BBC also says its gender pay gap has fallen from 7.6% to 6.7% and that, across the BBC, pay differences between women and men are 3% or less at every single band.

Several male stars took a pay cut in the wake of criticism of the BBC over equal pay and have dropped out of the top 10, including Jeremy Vine and Nicky Campbell. Former Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans is still on the list, with around £1.25 million, as he only quit his Breakfast Show in December. Similarly, it is reported that Zoe Ball’s salary will rise next year as she only started her job as Evans’s replacement in January. The top-earning presenter is Gary Lineker. The first woman on the list is Zoe Ball at eighth place, followed by Claudia Winkleman and Vanessa Feltz. The top earners are on over £1.25m. Zoe Ball is on between £370,000 and £374,999.

The BBC says it recognises it still has work to do to address the gender pay gap.

Meanwhile, Guardian News & Media has released its latest gender pay gap figures. It says its gender pay gap has fallen to 4.9% from 8.4% last year. Women working in editorial earned 5.9% less an hour on average than men, compared to a 6.4% gap the year before. The gap for non-editorial roles, where more women are in the lowest paid jobs, was 18.6%, down from 19.1% a year before. The Guardian says work on recruiting more women in senior roles and addressing career progression in lower paid roles has helped to close the gap.

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