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No gender bias in on-air pay decisions at the BBC?

January 30th, 2018

In today’s article, the BBC writes that a BBC review finds there is “no gender bias in on-air pay decisions”.

Solicitor and Head of Employment, Leah Waller, comments:

“Whilst the BBC purports to make “big, bold commitments” to tackle the gender pay gap, we will have to wait until 2020 to see if the BBC’s commitment will come to fruition. 

“The first commitment being “substantial pay cuts for some men” raises the questions as to why their salary was increased to such a level to begin with, what the justification for such a “substantial pay cut” will be and whether this only masks the fact that the salary of females should have been increased instead? 

“It is disheartening that such a large corporation has to make a deliberate commitment to looking at working practices and support for women returning to work with a view to “closing the gender pay gap by 2020” rather than this being the default position.”

Leah is a solicitor and Head of Employment at Lennons. She undertakes an array of employment law issues.

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