The BBC’s gender pay gap has widened for the first time since broadcasters began recording numbers in 2017.
The 2021/22 company annual report, also celebrating its 100th anniversary, shows that the median gap has increased from 5.2% to 5.9%.
The gender wage gap measures the difference in hourly wages between men and women at broadcast stations and is expressed as a percentage of the hourly wages of male employees.
To record the median, you need to list all salaries from lowest to highest and select the middle salary.
The BBC said this increase was “a result of initiatives that support volatile turnover, diversification of hiring rates for entry-level positions, and the broader organizational goal of achieving the 50:20:12 BBC by 2026.” Said it could be due to.
Broadcasters have set a goal of reaching 50% women, at least 20% blacks, Asians or ethnic minorities, and at least 12% disabled employees by that date.
Since the BBC began recording gender pay inequality on a regular basis in 2017, the median inequality has fallen from 9.3%.
This year, the BBC continues to reduce headcount.
Employees fall into two categories. Staff who have paid license fees, such as on-air talent, and staff employed by the BBC’s commercial sector, including BBC Studios.
The average number of employees who paid license fees this year has dropped from 18,977 to 17,890.
In its annual report, Tim Davie said the company “will soon begin further plans to reduce costs and streamline the BBC.”