The pay difference between men and women who carry out the same or similar roles is very much still a live issue, 47 years after the Equal Pay Act. The Equality Act 2010 now tackles the issues of equal pay for equal work. We look at exactly what this means for employers and employees. You only need to cast your memory back to July 2017 when the BBC...
It is unlikely that you have escaped the news that the BBC’s China Editor, Carrie Gracie, resigned from her role, citing pay inequality.
It was uncovered that male international editors were earning more than Ms Gracie’s salary of £135,000 per year. In comparison, the BBC’s US Editor earned between £200,000 and £250,000 whilst the BBC’s Middle East Editor earned between £150,000 and £200,000.
When the BBC published the yearly salaries of staff that earned over £150,000 in July last year, women accounted for just a third of the BBC’s biggest earners, with only one woman in the top nine. Ms Gracie did not appear on the list.
Across the BBC, the average pay of men is 10% higher than women. The BBC has stated openly that it hopes to close the ‘Gender Pay Gap’ by 2020.
It is said that the UK Gender Pay Gap was 9.4% for full-time workers or 18.1% for all staff in 2016.