BBC women speak out on equal pay day
FEMALE BBC staff used equal pay day to attempt to pressure their employer over the gender wage gap.
From yesterday until Dec 31, British women are effectively working for free due to the pay gap, according to campaigners. The mean average gender pay gap in the UK is 14.1 per cent – and the Fawcett Society has said it will take 100 years to close if progress continues at the current rate.
Earlier this year, the BBC published a list of its toppaid presenters, most of whom were men. Some female employees were shocked to find out that the men they work with were paid hundreds of thousands more than they were.
High-profile BBC presenters including Victoria Derbyshire, Jane Garvey and Anita Anand were among dozens of female staff who spoke out yesterday.
Garvey confirmed it was a coordinated effort, telling The Daily Telegraph: “We got together and discussed how to mark the day simply, effectively, and with humour.”
BBC male stars also joined in. Greg James, the Radio 1 DJ, said: “It’s embarrassing that we even have to go through #Equalpayday to remind workplaces including the BBC to stop being s--and pay everyone equally.”