BBC set to be rocked by gender pay gap revelations

BBC set to be rocked by gender pay gap revelations

The gender pay gap has topped recent headlines as the April 2018 deadline, for when firms with more than 250 employees must publish pay data for all staff, creeps ever closer.

To comply with regulations – and Theresa May’s rules that demand BBC staff earning more than £150,000-a-year are identified - on Wednesday, the BBC will release the salaries of some of its top stars.

Commentators are predicting that the revelations will reveal a large gender pay gap between some of British media’s biggest names – sparking disputes and a backlash.

Top earners such as Graham Norton, David Dimbleby, Laura Kuenssberg, Fiona Bruce and Huw Edwards are all set to have their salaries revealed.

The Wednesday release of UK salary data will come despite more than half of UK companies believing that publication of the gender pay gap will have no impact on closing it.

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The research, undertaken by Mercer, looked at attitudes towards gender pay gap legislation, finding that many companies were underprepared for its arrival.

Speaking to the Financial Times, Chris Charman, Senior Principal at Mercer, explained that many companies felt that the data would not explain the whole story regarding pay levels for staff.

He said: “Employers tell us they are disappointed that the government is putting all the burden on them when there is a real debate to be had on broader issues of men’s and women’s choices on childcare and caring responsibilities as well as reducing the gendered nature of a lot of work.”

According to the Office for National Statistics, the gender pay gap for all UK employees, both full and part-time, in 2016, was 18.1%.

Incoming gender pay gap legislation will cover about 9,000 employers with 15million staff – about half of the UK workforce. However, if current pay trends persist, gender equitable pay won’t occur until 2059.

To publicise how companies are treating their female employees, FairyGodBoss, a job review site exclusively for women, compiled a list of the firms where women are happiest.

The list was based on responses from 15,000 women, job satisfaction, gender equity and likelihood of recommending their company to another woman. Click next to see the top ten.

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