BBC has much to do on gender and equal pay, says BECTU

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The BBC has much to do to address its shortcomings on gender and equal pay, says BECTU, following today’s publication of reports into gender and equal pay at the Corporation.

Whilst the Gender Pay Report reveals a pay gap of just over 9% - half the national average – BECTU is insisting that the BBC should not rest on its laurels but challenge itself with robust commitments to address the absence of women in senior management positions as well as the under-representation of women in specific male-dominated areas of employment such as engineering.

More transparency

On equal pay, following the audit conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers, the union has welcomed the BBC’s acceptance that better records are needed to explain pay individual decisions and that performance management via the appraisal system needs to be more universally applied. BECTU is pleased too to see that the consultant’s report backs the union’s stance on two long standing campaigning issues, on starting salaries and pay progression, recommending greater transparency in both areas in the interests of equality and fairness.

Inequality day in, day out

Commenting on today’s announcements, Gerry Morrissey, head of BECTU said:

“The BBC must not rest on its laurels in respect of the overall gender pay gap. The report finds that the gap is much less than the national average but that should not obscure the fact that inequality is a factor for some staff day in and day out. We want the BBC to lead the way to eliminate the bias against women in certain areas of employment and in senior management.

“We’re also pleased to see that our focus on achieving fair starting salaries across the board, and on transparency when it comes to pay progression, is vindicated by Price Waterhouse Coopers.”

BECTU, which is recognised to represent all staff below management level at the BBC, is currently in talks, along with fellow unions the NUJ and Unite, on a major overhaul of pay and conditions at the Corporation. Tomorrow (Thursday 5 October) the BBC is set to announce target salaries for all staff under the proposed new reward framework; the union is preparing to challenge any evidence of bias as these talks continue.

ENDS

For further comment contact BECTU's press office on 020 7346 0900 or email communications@bectu.org.uk

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