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NUJ victory on equal pay for journalists in World Service and Monitoring

26 September 2017

After years of campaigning for pay parity for journalists in the World Service and Monitoring, the NUJ today welcomed the findings of the BBC’s pay review which will see significant pay rises for the vast majority of journalistic staff in the services.

The findings of the independent review, which looked at off-air journalist roles, comes on the back of a long-standing campaign by the NUJ and its sister unions about the disparity in pay between journalists in World Service and Monitoring and their colleagues in Network News. This secured a commitment from BBC director general Tony Hall two years ago to properly deal with the issue. 

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said:

“It’s been a long slog but this review has finally demonstrated what our members knew and felt in their pay packets only too keenly – that they were being paid less than colleagues in other parts of the BBC, despite their skill and experience. It is down to the determination and work of NUJ reps throughout the language services, World Service English and Monitoring that this longstanding wrong has finally been put right. It’s very welcome news at a time when pay disparity at our public service broadcaster is quite rightly under the spotlight.” 

The review established that pay discrepancies existed in six of the twelve job categories, resulting in 732 of a total of 785 journalists receiving rises averaging 8 per cent to bring them up to the appropriate commensurate median wage in Network News. 

The BBC will now move to reviewing the pay of on-air journalists, and non-journalistic roles in the World Service and Monitoring, a process due to complete by the end of December.