The BBC has today reported how much its top stars are paid. The move was forced by the government in a bid to achieve transparency over the use of public money which funds the BBC via the licence fee. However, in a year when gender pay is already a primary focus for many companies, the results reveal a clear and significant gender pay disparity within the BBC. The list of 96 stars earning over £150,000 included only 34 women, with Claudia Winkleman being the only woman in the top ten. How this affects the BBC’s gender pay gap results remains to be seen. The results highlight what will perhaps be a typical trend for many organisations; with the top earners dominated by men and a significant disparity in pay between men and women. The BBC have committed to eradicating their gender pay gap by 2020 which, judging by these results, may be a tall order.
The BBC also published information regarding its BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) employees which also reveals a gap in both representation and pay between white stars and those from a BAME background. Such information could well be a requirement that could be introduced for all large businesses in the future.
Although gender pay reporting does not require companies to name their top earners or individual salaries, this news story highlights that there is likely to be keen public and employee interest in the gender pay gap results which all employers with 250 or more employees in the UK are required to publish by 4 April 2018. To help you and your business prepare for the changes, we have created a gender pay gap reporting guide and you can view our recent webinar recording here
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