As firms start to publish data about their gender pay gaps under a Government push, media companies have a lot to answer for.
Women at the Telegraph Media Group (TMG) are paid 35% less than men on average - the biggest gender pay gap of any UK newspaper, publisher or broadcaster to have been reported to date.
One of the main problems for this disparity is the fact that almost three-quarters of TMG’s highest earners are male, with just 26.9% of females making up the top quartile. Women constitute 61.6% of the bottom quartile and men received bonuses almost twice the amount of those women received – the Guardian reports.
In response, TMG’s Chief Executive, Nick Hugh condemned the gap, calling it "unacceptable" whilst committing to closing it to completely by 2025. To do this, he said the publisher would introduce 50:50 gender shortlists for all vacant positions and do more to help women into top roles.
“While we are moving in the right direction, we have much to do,” Hugh said in a statement on the company’s website. “As of April 2017, our gender pay report shows an unacceptable gap between the average pay for men compared with women. The main reason for this has been a lack of female representation at the most senior levels, something which we have already started to address.”
Other media outlets have been called out recently for their gender pay gaps. Broadcaster Channel 4 revealed a gender pay gap of 28.6% - the national median average pay gap stands at 18.4%.
At ITN, the firm which runs the news operations for ITV and Channels 4 and 5, there is a gap of 18.2%. However, when examining bonus payments, the gap jumps to 50%. The company said that 17 out of 20 high earners are men, despite women making up 44% of all employees across the company.
Whilst, in comparison, the BBC’s gap is fairly low, with men earning an average of 9.3% more than women, it has faced a protest from female workers demanding improvements.
Earlier this year, Carrie Gracie, who was the BBC’s China Editor, stepped down citing pay inequality with male colleagues.
Speaking on BBC women’s hour, Gracie said that she “could not go back to China and collude knowingly with what I believed to be unlawful pay discrimination.” In an open letter, Gracie accused the corporation of having a “secretive and illegal pay culture.”
A review of presenter pay for the BBC carried out by PwC, said there was a "lack of clarity and openness about the basis for pay decisions", but it found "no evidence of gender bias in pay decision-making."