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This major British institution has almost closed its gender pay gap

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Where top talent is concerned, the BBC is making inroads…

Good(ish?) news. The BBC announced this week that it’s made serious in-roads into the massive gender pay discrepancy revealed two years ago.

In 2017, there was widespread condemnation after it came to light that 75% of top BBC earners who earned over £150,000 a year, were men. The backlash was such that even Theresa May criticised the corporation, saying they were “paying women less for doing the same job.”  

Now the BBC is reporting its made significant inroads in closing that gap, with new projections for 2019/20 salaries showing that the pay gap between genders will be a 55:45 split between men and women.

“This is significant change,” said BBC Director-General Tony Hall, of the new numbers.

“The task is not complete, we are not complacent, but we are well on our way.”

For the first time, three women are among the top 10 earners of BBC talent, a list that’s topped by Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker who receives around £1.75 million for his gig as a football pundit.

Radio 2 Breakfast Show DJ Zoe Ball, and presenter Claudia Winkleman both made it onto the list, earning up to £374,999 respectively for their work. Meanwhile, the third entrant was Vanessa Feltz who bagged a cool £359,999 for her roles across BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio London. 

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Of course, that’s still only 30% of the women amongst those earning the most for their work at the company, as Jane Garvey, Radio Four Woman’s Hour presenter, pointed out.

“I’d like to congratulate the three women who have made it into the top 10,” she said, speaking on BBC Four’s Today programme.

“That’s 30% of the top 10. Of course it would be nice if it was 50, or maybe even more than that. Who knows, we might reach that state of nirvana at some point in my life.”

Garvey also expressed the view that rather than increasing female salaries to match male ones, the BBC should have slashed the wages of the likes of Gary Lineker.

“Perhaps it would have been better to cut more male salaries rather than to up some female salaries,” she said.

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