BBC Under Attack Over Gender Pay Gap
Gender inequality seems to be returning to Europe.
One place that it has showed its face over the last few days is allegedly within the office of a world leading media giant.
The BBC has come under fire this time by members of staff that are female.
There are allegations of gender inequality over salaries.
It has not been funny for the corporation and it has now come under the prying eyes of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee which wants to question the BBC director over the gender pay gap.
The Guardian says a number of women have shared their individual cases of “inequality of pay” which was cited the DCMS committee.
There are 14 examples in total, but only one is named: the DCMS committee states that “most women do not wish to give their names out of concern for their BBC careers”.
This push is coming just as the Davos Economic Summit held, and one of the focus is that 2018 must be the year for must be the year for women to thrive.
Here are a few revelations by some female workers in the corporation as made available by DCMS.
“In 2017, just before the BBC published pay over £150,000, I was called unexpectedly and offered an immediate pay rise. It became apparent that for nearly three years I had been sitting next to a man doing an identical job who was being paid tens of thousands of pounds more.
“As we are both BBC staff that means I have not just missed out on pay, but on pension contributions too.
“I am told that we are now being paid at the same rate per day, but there is no transparency.”
Eleanor Bradford in BBC Scotland said: “I was BBC Scotland’s health correspondent from 2001 - 2016. I discovered I was one of the lowest-paid correspondents at BBC Scotland, despite regularly appearing on UK-wide news and delivering exclusive stories.
“I regularly asked for a pay rise, and eventually cited equal pay legislation.
“This led to an immediate increase of £5,000 but it was not backdated. I remained around £10,000 below some male colleagues who were doing identical correspondent jobs.
“In one of my annual appraisals I was told I was a ‘model correspondent’. I left the BBC.”
Another National radio presenter said: “I am an award-winning broadcaster with more than 20 years’ experience. In 2014, I was offered a contract to present a flagship arts programme.
“Two men with no broadcasting experience who had also been given trial shifts presenting the programme during the search for a new presenter were paid 25% more per programme.
“Then I found out that the existing male presenter was being paid 50% more than me per programme. When I asked for (the) pay gap to be corrected the line manager told me ‘the BBC doesn’t do equal pay’, and that in raising the issue I was being ‘aggressive’. I refused to back down and eventually was given the same rate as my male colleague and it was backdated.”
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“My full-time equivalent salary for making identical programmes is about half my male counterpart’s.
“I challenged my grade and asked for an equal pay review.
“The BBC took months to deal with my enquiry and refused to recognise that it was a claim for my legal right to equal pay for equivalent work”.
As the pay inequality issue hots up, two things the BBC female staff want are back pay and an apology.