Bosses at the BBC have come under pressure after a more-than-noticeable gender pay gap was outlined as the broadcaster revealed the salaries of stars earning more than £150,000.
The salaries, which were published in the BBC’s annual report, revealed that around two-thirds of of those earning more than £150,000 are male, with Chris Evans topping the list on between £2.2m and £2.25m.
Claudia Winkleman was the highest-paid female celebrity on the list, earning between £450,000 and £500,000 last year.
An open letter calling on Lord Tony Hull, the director general of the corporation, to correct the disparity in pay has received over forty signatories from across the business.
Gender pay gap reporting
Other organisations with over 250 staff will be required to publish their gender pay data starting next year. The idea behind the law change is to promote education into payment practises that do not discriminate in terms of gender in ways other than equal pay.
An employer must publish six calculations showing the following:
- average gender pay gap as a mean average
- average gender pay gap as a median average
- average bonus gender pay gap as a mean average
- average bonus gender pay gap as a median average
- proportion of males receiving a bonus payment and proportion of females receiving a bonus payment; and
- proportion of males and females when divided into four groups ordered from lowest to highest pay.
The results must be published on the employer’s website and a government website.
Employers also have the option to provide a narrative with their calculations. This should generally explain the reasons for the results and give details about actions that are being taken to reduce or eliminate the gender pay gap.
This can include various challenges the company has faced or continues to face in reducing the gender pay gap, any recent successes in changing policy to reduce the gap, and/or plans to create a more sustainable and reduced pay-gap in the long-term.