For workers in the top grades – earning £245,000 or more – 62 per cent are men. For the second highest it is 65 per cent, according to the analysis by data specialist Zegami. It is only lower down the scale that the figures are more even, with 51 per cent men and 49 per cent women. The report comes a fortnight after Samira Ahmed became the latest woman to win an employment tribunal against the BBC. Members ruled she should have been paid the same as fellow presenter Jeremy Vine for doing “very similar” work.
Samira claimed she was owed £700,000 in back pay, having received £440 per episode for Newswatch while Jeremy got £3,000 for Points of View.
Last week it emerged that former Today presenter Sarah Montague, now leading the World At One programme, settled an internal gender pay gap complaint for £400,000.
Zegami founder Roger Noble said: “Ms Ahmed will no doubt be an inspiration to many women in work across the country who feel they are being discriminated against because of their gender.
“All employers need to have a better understanding of their pay structures and how these break down.”
The BBC Women group said: “Fifty years after the original equal pay legislation, women should not have to continue to find the courage to fight these battles.”
The gender pay gap is the difference in pay between the middle-ranking woman and middle-ranking man. This is different to unequal pay – paying women less than men for the same work – which is illegal.
The BBC said: “You can’t conduct a valid analysis based on partial and out of date data, when the reality is that the BBC has a better record than the vast majority of the media industry.
“We’re committed to equality and equal pay.”