BBC row highlights extent of gender pay gap

17 August


Last month’s row over the pay disparity between male and female stars at the BBC has highlighted the continuing difficulties employers face in narrowing the gender pay gap.


In July, the BBC was required to publish details of the salaries of its highest earners as part of its annual report, leading to the embarrassing revelations that two thirds of its highest earning employees were male, and that its highest paid male celebrity (Chris Evans) was paid four times as much as its highest paid female celebrity (Claudia Winkleman). The public fallout from these revelations was undoubtedly damaging for the BBC, which has been forced to pledge that it will try to close the pay gap by 2020.


Other employers could soon have to follow suit, as the new Gender Pay Gap Reporting Regulations (“GPRR”) require all employers with 250 or more employees to publish details of their gender pay gaps by no later than April 2018 and then every year going forward. This may also be extended to smaller employers in future.


Employers with 250 or more employees who would like advice on what they need to do under the GPRR, or employers with less than 250 staff who are considering disclosing details of their gender pay gap voluntarily, may find our comprehensive guide to the GPRR helpful. It can be found at


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