Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 47
GENDER PAY GAP
When the salaries of BBC stars were published in
July, the gender pay gap that was exposed caused
a national outrage. It was revealed that only 35%
of those earning more than £150,000 a year
were women and that female hosts were earning
considerably less than their male co-hosts.
A report into BBC pay found that men working
for the corporation earn an average of 9.3% more
than women. The figure covers all staff, on and
off air, and has been put down to the fact that
there are more men in senior jobs. It compares
with a UK average gender pay gap of 18%.
While the BBC director general Tony Hall
said the report showed the corporation was "in
a better place than many organisations," he
has pledged to close the pay gap by 2020 and
said the corporation should be "an exemplar
of what can be achieved when it comes to
pay, fairness, gender and representation".
The government has ordered all charities,
private and public sector employers with 250 or
more staff to publish their gender pay details by
April 2018 in a bid to encourage the elimination of
the gender pay gap through greater transparency.
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