BBC’s gender pay gap widens

The gender pay gap at the BBC has widened for the first time since the broadcaster started recording the figures in 2017.

The group’s annual report for 2021/22, which also marks the centenary, shows the average gap increasing from 5.2% to 5.9%.

The gender pay gap measures the difference in hourly wages for men and women at a broadcaster and is expressed as a percentage of male employees’ hourly wages.

Recording the average involves listing all salaries in order from lowest to highest and choosing the salary in between.

The BBC says this increase is likely due to “a shift in attrition, a more diverse hiring rate into entry-level positions and a result of initiatives that support organizational goals.” our broader to achieve BBC 50:20:12 by 2026″.

The broadcaster had set a target of reaching 50% female, at least 20% black, Asian or ethnic minority, and at least 12% disabled employees at the time.

Since the BBC began regularly recording gender pay gaps in 2017, its average gap has fallen from 9.3%.

This year, the BBC has further reduced its headcount.

Employees are divided into two categories: license fee-sponsored employees such as online workers, and employees employed by commercial BBC companies, including BBC Studios.

The average number of license fee-funded employees this year fell from 18,977 to 17,890.

General manager Tim Davie said in the annual report the company “will soon lay out further plans to reduce costs and streamline the BBC”.

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