BBC Worldwide publishes Equal Pay Audit and gender pay report

Our results show that there is still more to be done with regards to our gender pay gap to ensure we deliver on this commitment. We recognise that the main cause of this imbalance is structural and work is underway to improve this.Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Worldwide
Date: 21.03.2018     Last updated: 21.03.2018 at 11.59
Category: BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide published today two reports detailing both the equal pay audit results and pay gap data for its UK business, along with a full management response to the findings.

The voluntarily commissioned Equal Pay Audit was conducted by Evershed Sutherland (International) LLP (“Eversheds”) and reviewed pay data for men and women, grades 1 to 4 and Senex1 (Senior Executive 1). The report concluded that there was no evidence of systemic discrimination in BBC Worldwide pay systems.

BBC Worldwide has published its gender pay report for the year, as part of regulation brought into effect in 2017 for UK companies with over 250 employees. The report, which was independently verified by Ernst and Young, concluded that BBC Worldwide’s overall gender pay gap was 16.9% on a median basis (18.9% using mean pay). These figures are comparable to the UK median of 18.1%. Further analysis reveal that 14.5% of the company’s mean gender pay gap of 18.9% is driven by more men holding senior roles and more women in junior positions. The report also notes that once the structural issue has been taken into account, the mean gender pay gap would be 4.4%.

Tim Davie, CEO, BBC Worldwide said: “Our results show that there is still more to be done with regards to our gender pay gap to ensure we deliver on this commitment. We recognise that the main cause of this imbalance is structural and work is underway to improve this.”

BBC Worldwide’s Management Response details a number of actions the company has set out in order to reduce the current gender pay gap. These build on commitments already in place and include a greater focus on pay structures, starting salaries and, recruitment systems and processes and furthering the company’s inclusion focus.

 

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For further information:

 

Cassandra Power, Head of Corporate & Digital Comms, BBC Worldwide

Cassandra.Power@bbc.com / 07739300280

 

Notes to editors

 

The gender pay report published today is for the year as of April 5, 2017 and reflects BBC Worldwide’s UK business excluding BBC Studios.  BBC Studios data was captured and reported in the Public Service report in October 2017.

BBC Worldwide is a principal commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing in, commercialising and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also champions British creativity globally.

In 2016/17 BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £157.3m and headline sales of £1,059.9m and returned £210.5m to the BBC.