BBC releases pay review to quell pay gap charges

Updated: Jan 31, 2018, 10:35 IST | Agencies

Women working for the BBC have complained they are paid less than men in equivalent jobs and accused managers of misleading them about their pay to hide widespread gender discrimination at Britain's public broadcaster

BBC does not admit to paying women less than men for equal work. Pic/AFP
BBC does not admit to paying women less than men for equal work. Pic/AFP

Women working for the BBC have complained they are paid less than men in equivalent jobs and accused managers of misleading them about their pay to hide widespread gender discrimination at Britain's public broadcaster. But the BBC published a review of the pay of some 800 on-air staff, produced by PwC, which found no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making at the broadcaster. Female staff seeking redress has become bogged down in opaque internal processes, according to BBC Women, a group of 170 staff.

The BBC admits to a gender pay gap of 9 per cent, meaning more men are in better paid jobs, but says this is narrower than the British average of 18 percent. The corporation does not admit to paying women less than men for equal work. But the PwC review's findings are unlikely to satisfy aggrieved female staff. BBC Women said it had no confidence in the review.

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