BBC pay gap closing as corporation touts ‘strong progress’

The pay of BBC stars like Chris Evans sparked controversy.
The pay of BBC stars like Chris Evans sparked controversy.
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The BBC gender pay gap is closing, with the broadcaster reporting “strong progress” in reducing differences in male and female earnings.

A discrepancy in hourly pay of almost 9.3% was reported between men and women in 2016/17, with male employees earning almost 10% more per hour of work.

This gap has been reduced over the course of a year, with a new report by the BBC finding an average gap of 7.6% in hourly pay.

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In a 2016/17 annual financial report it was revealed that the top seven earners at the BBC were men, and the disparity was reported across the service in average hourly pay.

A report on the 2017/18 financial year records that the median pay gap has been reduced, with the wording of the report stating: “As at 2017/18, this figure stands at 7.6% - down by nearly a fifth from the previous year.

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“This represents strong progress in the BBC’s aim to close the organisational gender pay gap by the end of 2020.”

The gap is calculated from median pay, meaning the mid-point in the male and female salary ranges are selected and compared.

Overheads at the BBC now stand at 5.7% of the total spend of £3.4 billion, according to the latest report.

Senior management roles have been slashed by half, and more than 1,000 jobs have been reduced.