BBC Salary Results Reveals Gender Gap Is Shrinking The BBC has today released their list of the top 10 presenter earners from the last 12 months. In a massive shift from last year, there are now 3 women in the list, suggesting the gender pay gap is decreasing.
Some male stars, who took a pay cut in the wake of criticism of the
BBC over equal pay, 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 Zoe Ball’s salary will rise next year as she only started her job as Evans’s replacement in January. In the list this year:
1. Gary Lineker: £1,750,000 – £1,754,999 (£1,750,000 – £1,759,999)
2. Chris Evans: £1,250,000 – £1,254,999 (£1,660,000 – £1,669,999
3. Graham Norton: £610,000 – £614,999 (£600,000 – £609,999)
4. Huw Edwards: £490,000 – £494,999 (£520,000 – £529,999)
5. Steve Wright: £465,000 – £469,999 (£550,000 – £559,999)
6. Alan Shearer: £440,000 – £444,999 (£410,000 – £419,999)
7. Andrew Marr: £390,000 – £394,999 (£400,000 – £409,999)
8. Zoe Ball: £370,000 – £374,999 (not in last year’s list)
9. Claudia Winkleman: £370,000 – £374,999 (£370,000 – £379,999)
10. Vanessa Feltz: £355,000 – £359,999 (£330,000 – £339,999)
10. Jason Mohammad: £355,000 – £359,999 (£260,000 – £269,999)
employment law consultant for the ELAS Group, says: “The fact that the BBC’s highest earners are mostly male shows a common theme across the labour market – the higher up the organisation, the more males and fewer females there are. The Gender Pay Gap reporting rules require that the proportions of males and females across 4 quartiles of the business need to be produced. The BBC figures released today further demonstrate the common theme that organisations are ‘top-heavy’ with male employees.”
According to the Office for National Statistics, the gender pay gap for all UK employees, both full and part-time, in 2018, was 8.6 %. To draw a comparison, the same statistic was 18.1% in 2016, demonstrating how far businesses have come in 2 years.
The gender pay gap legislation currently covers around 9,000 employers and 15million employees – about half of the UK workforce. However, if current pay trends persist, gender equitable pay won’t occur until 2059. Lord Hall, who owns the BBC, has previously said that he wants to close the gender pay gap at the BBC and have equality on screen and radio by 2020. Maybe, he’s putting his money where his mouth is, over the last three years 63% of new and promoted employees are women.
Employers with more than 250 employees are obliged to publish: The difference between the mean hourly rate of pay for male full-pay relevant employees and that of female full-pay relevant employees The difference between the median hourly rate of pay for male full-pay relevant employees and that of female full-pay relevant employees The difference between the mean bonus pay paid to male relevant employees and that paid to female relevant employees The difference between the median bonus pay paid to male relevant employees and that paid to female relevant employees The proportions of male and female relevant employees who were paid bonus pay The proportions of male and female full-pay relevant employees in the lower, lower middle, upper middle and upper quartile pay bands
The calculation used to reach the hourly rate of pay is not as simple and straight forward as it sounds and employers are required to use a specific method for calculating this rate. There are certain things which need to be taken into account such as allowances, and certain exclusions, such as shift premium pay.
Companies don’t need to publish their calculations, just the six pieces of information listed above. They are also not required to explain any gender pay gap, if one is shown, but as we’ve seen with today’s BBC figures, there is a positive step towards pay equality between men and women, but more can still be achieved.