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Gender Pay Gap at the BBC

Geoff Riley

20th July 2017

Releasing the names of the BBC's best-paid employees tells us a lot about the TV labour market although the information did not include those working for independent production companies.

One of the salient features of the data was the clear gender pay gap between presenters. Around two thirds of the top 100 salary earners at the BBC are men. Chris Evans is the BBC's best-paid star. He made between £2.2m and £2.25m in 2016/2017, while Claudia Winkleman is the highest-paid female celebrity, earning between £450,000 and £500,000.

Perhaps the publication of this earnings data will act as a catalyst for change in improving opportunities and pay for female presenters in the years to come.

Private sector firms are now required to report their gender pay gap if they employ more than 250 people.

As so often, Matt at the Telegraph gets it spot on!

Some solid background evidence on the changing scale of the gender pay gap here from BBC Reality Check

Beth Rigby at Sky News weighs in

And this from Anne McElvoy at the Guardian

The Independent compares and contrasts gender pay differences at some of the other leading broadcasters

Dan Walker responds

Geoff Riley

Geoff Riley FRSA has been teaching Economics for over thirty years. He has over twenty years experience as Head of Economics at leading schools. He writes extensively and is a contributor and presenter on CPD conferences in the UK and overseas.

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