NUJ response to the BBC's Equal Pay Audit and Pay Gap Report
© Mark Thomas
4 October 2017
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
"The report reveals a 9.3 per cent median gender pay gap and a 10.7 per cent mean pay gap which, while lower than the national average, is still too large. The BBC, as a public body, should lead the way on fairness and transparency in pay and conditions. We know from the equal pay survey that the NUJ is currently carrying out at the BBC that there is a problem of unequal pay – we are currently reviewing a significant amount of cases brought to us by women members working in a range of roles who believe they are being paid less than male colleagues for similar work or work of equal value. Additionally some of those individuals are part of the workforce that was not considered by the BBC’s equal pay audit that has reported today, instead coming under a separate "on air" group which will not be reported on until the end of this year. The NUJ will be taking up all cases robustly, and we will continue to work with the BBC to ensure that commitments made today on fairness and equality are put into practice as there is still much to be done. The report notes the lack of transparency caused by management discretion on pay and highlights the need for more women to be promoted to senior jobs in the BBC, roles that are still too often dominated by men."